Unfortunately, we have to go through many stressful situations in life. Every year has probably had significant moments that have made us balls of anxiety and worry. Planning a move is undoubtedly stressful. All the packing, unpacking, time, money, and labor; it’s a lot!
Regardless of what industry you’re in, there’s a lot of stress involved in moving a business, not just for you but for your employees as well. Employees have to endure moving stress, too. The good news is that they don’t have to go through the stress of moving alone. These tips will guide you through helping your employees cope with moving stress.
1. Prepare Your Team with Plenty of Information about Your Move
The more prepared you are for something, the smoother it will go. Don’t wait until the last minute to tell your team about what’s going on. Your employees should be informed well in advance with a plan to prepare everyone for the move. Remember to give your employees a clear timeline with deadlines for when things are planned to happen. Tell them when everything will be packed up and what date it will be at the new location, and of course, make sure everyone knows where the new location is and when the move will be complete.
Also, communicate your expectations to your team. Let them know what you expect from them workwise during this time. Be clear and transparent with the company’s needs, and remember to have a plan in place if things change. Consider having a meeting to ensure everyone is on the same page and aware of their roles and responsibilities regarding the relocation.
2. Reach Out to Employees about Their Moving Concerns
During stressful times, talking things out can alleviate the tension. Make sure you reach out to your employees to let them know you are present throughout this process. Be available to talk to them about their concerns, and be mindful of any potential worries they may be afraid of bringing to you on their own.
If they do come to you, listen carefully and encourage their expression. Allow them to voice their concerns and be prepared to respond in a considerate way. Reassure them that there is a plan in place and that there will be minimal interruptions to the regular routine.
3. Show Appreciation to Employees for Bearing with the Move
Moving requires a lot of flexibility from everyone involved. Things don’t always go according to plan. Things aren’t always on schedule. As a result, everyone may have to maneuver through some unfortunate events.
Remember to show your employees that you appreciate them and their willingness to work through this time with you. Show them recognition for their patience and flexibility. Think of how you can repay them with verbal and tangible ways to express your gratitude.
4. Encourage Rest during the Moving Process
Any amount of work requires a recovery period. You need time to recuperate from your efforts, so finding time to rest and relax is important, especially when times are stressful. Encourage your employees to take consistent, restful breaks. Think of ways to promote mindfulness and self-care. Remind them that rest is not a reward. It is an essential function for maintaining your health. Taking care of yourself is key to powering through any stressful situation.
Also, emphasize teamwork. Consider scheduling future team-building activities to reinforce connections. Forging connections can create a collaborative atmosphere that would help relieve the pressure on you and your employees.
5. Hire Professionals for Your Company Move
Another key element in managing stressful situations is recognizing when you need help. Moving is certainly complicated when you try to do it alone. Nothing relieves stress like having people around who know what to do and have a lot of experience doing it. Hiring professionals to help you plan and execute your move will take a lot of pressure off you and your team.
At American Moving & Installation, we know what we’re doing. With over 60 years of collective experience, we have extensively-trained professionals and state-of-the-art equipment ready for your commercial relocation needs. Our clients are diverse—from small offices to large corporations—and we’ve earned their loyalty, having retained 100% of our client base. We are a woman-owned, commercial moving union company prepared to be your one-stop-shop for your move.