When you’re moving to a new office, getting everyone on the same page can be a tedious task. Some of your employees would be as excited as popcorns , whereas some would be skeptical about it. So, in this article, I’ll help you get everyone excited about the move and also support you. So, without any further ado, let’s dive right in to find out how to make employees feel good about office move.
How to make employees feel good about office move?
Ask every employee
When you take everyone’s opinion about this important decision, you’re making all of your employees feel better. Whether you consider their opinion is secondary, but by asking them, you’ve made them feel special about themselves. So, this little act of kindness will fetch you maximum positives about the office move.
You need to understand that for some people it would get extremely difficult to commute to the new office location as it might be far from their homes. So, in such a case, you can allow them to come 1 hour late until they get adjusted with new traffic and route.
Please take out time to talk to each of the disagreeing ones personally. Listen to their pain points and try to come up with a solution. Mostly the problems will be commute related, and only 5% of the problems would be other problems. If it’s possible, try to arrange a cab facility for your employees. It’ll also help your employees to be on time in the office.
Keep them engaged
The best way to keep everyone on the same page is to get them engaged. From the day you think a move to a new office is inevitable, keep breaking the news to your employees. Also, assign them a few tasks related to the office move. Doing so, you’re keeping them engaged, and when people are already engaged on some task, they’re more likely to support it. Tell them stories about the new office you’ve come across. Show them the photos of the office and tell them about the cool spots nearby.
You know how difficult it is to commute to the office or school after we’ve shifted to a new locality. We take the time to adjust to the new timings and the route. Likewise, it is going to be difficult for your employees also. Some of them have to find the route. So, there will be late logins in the initial days. Be understanding and ignore this. If you can pass on this information before the actual move, you can find everyone agreeing with your decision and supporting you.
Some of your employees who just fell in love with your current office may find it hard to imagine themselves in a new office. You have to push people to move out of the comfort zone, do this step with care and kind words. Your talented people will understand that the move is inevitable and will eventually convince themselves. Be kind, and understanding, you will certainly convince everyone.