On Monday we offered a few tips to help your staff stay productive during a corporate relocation. Today we will focus on tips to ensure that you remain on top of things during the office relocation process.
During an office relocation, it is almost inevitable that a business owner or manager will face a bump or two in everyday routine. The question is how to address and minimize the potential for a standstill – that period when business won’t seem to be able to operate as usual? Christopher Elliott of Microsoft has a few tips on how to best remain productive during an office relocation.
1. Make the actual move at the best time.
Identify where the downtime of your business is, so you can minimize the impact of the move on your clients and customers. Before you make the move, know where the local-area network, PCs, printers, and wireless networks are, so you can get right to work when you absolutely have to.
2. Expect the unexpected.
A client or customer might suddenly request a copy of an important file, or arrange for a special transaction. Be ready for any business-related concerns that might suddenly crop up during the move.
It’s time to let go of outdated software and PCs in favor of faster, more updated ones. Office relocation is a time for you to upgrade. Another tip is for you to use laptop computers as your office tools in the meantime, before you settle into the new office.
4. Make room for downtime.
You are smart to notify your clients, associates, and other stakeholders in advance of the move that there might be a lag in correspondence. If any unexpected issues come up that won’t be addressed until after a few hours after the fact, you won’t have to explain over and over again every time a client asks you what the problem is.
5. Move your applications.
Fortunately, this is a lot easier now, regardless if you’re on Mac or Windows. In fact, you might also want to consider cloud computing. There are several applications that will give you a much easier time moving your files and applications from hardware to hardware.
Read Christopher Elliot’s full article here.