As the old proverb sagely reminds us: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”.
And while a problematic office move may not necessarily qualify as “hellish” – at least not compared to some other terrifying things that can erupt without warning on the business landscape – suffice it to say, it’s a stressful and costly scenario; one that you certainly want to steer clear of.
And that brings us to your office move, your employees, and their good intentions. Yes, they may want to play a helpful role, but involving your employees in the office move can actually do much more harm than good; both to the organization and to themselves.
Below, we highlight the 3 key ways this can happen:
3 Reasons Your Employees Shouldn't Be Involved in Your Office Move
1. They can damage furniture, equipment, walls, etc.
Employees can easily damage furniture and equipment by trying to uninstall or move items - even out into a hallway or to the lobby. They can also scratch and dent walls, pull up carpets, smash into fixtures and outlets, and more. The repair or replacement costs can quickly add up into the thousands or tens of thousands – to say nothing of the frustration and stress!
2. They can injure themselves or others.
Cubicles, workstations, desks and other items that are typically found in work environments are deceptively heavy – because they’re built to be sturdy and withstand plenty of weight. Employees who swap their business attire for overalls so they can “lend a hand” put themselves and others at serious risk of getting hurt. For example, cubicle walls and workstations can topple over, physical injuries can occur through improper lifting, and so on.
Aside from the obvious pain and suffering that employees will endure, organizations will be on the hook for medical costs. They may even face a lawsuit.
3. They can leave packing until the last minute.
Employees are busy, and they may leave packing up their workstations/work areas until the last minute – not because they’re lazy or forgetful, but because as noted, they have other things on their mind: like servicing customers, answering emails, and so on.
However, these hard working employees can imperil both the organization and themselves, because last-minute packing is never a good idea! Items can get lost, misplaced or broken. And in some cases, the office move must be delayed because employees don’t have everything packed, sealed and ready to be moved when it’s “go time”.
Helping Employees Help You and Themselves!
The best way to help employees play a meaningful, positive role in the office move is to partner with Precision Office Furniture Installation. We’ll work with you to build a comprehensive office relocation plan, which includes instructions and timelines for your employees.
And just as importantly, our trained, experienced and fully insured professional moving team will handle EVERY aspect of your office move, including safely and properly moving and installing your office furniture at the new location.
To learn more, contact Precision today. Your consultation is free, and there’s no obligation to move forward.