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In case you haven't found out yet, moving a business to a new office can be a very hard thing to do, especially if you try to keep doing business during the process. Moving or expanding an office can become very overwhelming since you are already working 40+ hours.
Two of the biggest problems facing any business that moves their office are: having a vendor or sub-contractor miss a strategic deadline, and not having someone manage the "moving project." Having someone miss a strategic date can be more than costly, it can bring a business to it's knees. As far as a project manager, most businesses do delegate that task to an administrative assistant who has little or no experience to fall back on.
Moving an office is like an orchestra: everyone needs to do their part when it is their time, with someone to make sure it all flows together.
The first question to ask is, "Why do you want to move your office to a new location?"
That question is the beginning point and probably one of the easiest questions to answer. From that point on there are other questions where the answer may have an impact on where you relocate to, or on other resources including your employees:
Is it worth the trade off to move to a beautiful location and lose key employees because of a negative impact the move has on their commute?
What is the tone of the move, is it negative or positive? A negative move is having to move for financial reasons which includes downsizing. A positive move is outgrowing where you are or just being in a position to move to a nicer office
The tone will set the mood for everyone for the duration of the move and beyond. If it is positive, celebrate it and keep everything festive as you move to greater opportunities. If it is negative, change the mood before it destroys your company from the inside out
"Within every setback or obstacle or disadvantage there is the seed of an equal or opposite or greater advantage or benefit." Napoleon Hill - Think and Grow Rich
Everyone knows that the construction to expand or build an office is a project, but did you know that just moving an office is also a project? There are six distinct phase and even though there may at times be some overlap, you must follow each phase in order.
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