Relocating Your Business During A Pandemic: A Practical Guide
For businesses throughout the UK, the Coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on everything from staffing through to customer engagement and more.
As the UK slowly starts to reopen, many business owners will be faced with a dilemma: reopen their offices and risk upsetting staff who are comfortable continuing to work from home, or close their offices temporarily and risk wasting a lot of money.
If you’re unwilling to permanently shut down your offices but don’t want to force staff who don’t want to return to do so, then consider downsizing.
Many companies offer coworking spaces, where you can rent a portion of a shared property, so that any staff who need or want to return can. But others can continue to work remotely.
Relocating during a pandemic might sound like a challenge, but it’s actually easier than you might think. Check out our practical guide to making the process as straightforward as possible for you and your team.
Talk To Your Staff
Before you make any definitive decisions, make sure that you communicate with your staff to find out what they want and need. If they’re comfortable working from home, and you have no need for your office, then you could consider getting rid of it completely. However, if you need a central workplace for some team members, you must make sure that you know how many team members will be working there and what they need to feel safe at your new office.
Moving all of your office furniture, gear and equipment can be a laborious process, so hire a van to make it easier. Try to hire a man and van team, so that you don’t involve more people in the moving process than is strictly necessary.
Decontaminate Your Van Before Loading It
Before you start using your van, you need to make sure that it’s clean and safe. Many van hire companies don’t provide vans that are completely sanitised, so work with Ideal Cleaning to get the van decontaminated before and after you use it.
Provide Disposable Gloves And Masks To Staff Who Are Helping With The Move
Anyone who is helping you to relocate your business should be provided with disposable face masks, gloves and hand sanitiser. Above all, this will ensure that they’re completely safe. You’ll also need masks and gloves once you arrive at your new office space. Although consider buying them in bulk to save money and ensure that you always have some handy for when you need them.
Work With A Specialist Moving Company
If you’re daunted by all of this effort, and want to simplify the process, then consider working with a full-service moving company. They can do everything from packing and loading the van to unloading it at the other end, so that you don’t have to lift a finger. This approach will be more expensive, but it’s worth it if you want to reduce your workload and quickly get your new office up and running in no time.
When relocating during a pandemic, it’s essential that you work hard to collaborate with everyone involved, so that everything goes well and the process is smooth. These tips should help you to enjoy a hassle-free office move, despite the pandemic.