3 Questions to Ask Your Employees When You’re Moving Office
Moving office can be a really exciting time for you and your employees. Fresh surroundings with a whole host of new coffee shops, lunch spots and after-work drink hangouts can go a long way to giving everyone a boost.
However, moving office can also be a time of uncertainty for your employees as it may mean a change to their working lifestyle. To minimise feelings of uncertainty, we recommend offering a chance for them to give you feedback by asking your staff these three questions before moving office.
Which locations work for you?
The first, and perhaps most important, question to ask your employees when moving office is which locations are suitable for them. For many people, the commute is an important factor when choosing a company to work for. Moving your office from one end of London to another may significantly impact those commuting from outside of the city, adding an extra hour or so to their working day.
While it is unlikely that you will find a location that benefits everyone, collecting information about the areas your employees are willing to travel to will help you make a decision that works for as many people as possible.
We also recommend asking your employees how they commute to work. You may need to assess your office location on factors such as walking routes, public transport connections and parking and cycling facilities. Location preferences will vary depending on how your employees prefer to get to work each day.
Which working environments do you prefer to work in?
There are many different working environments to choose from, ranging from open-plan, coworking spaces through to self-contained, private offices, and everything in between.
When considering your next office move, it is important to consider which working environments are suitable for your employees and the type of work they are doing. While some of your employees may enjoy working collaboratively within an open plan space, others may value quiet spaces where they can focus without distraction.
Shared offices are becoming increasingly popular among both employees and employers and offer some exciting prospects for the future. If you are considering a shared office space, ask your employees if they are open to this idea.
Choosing a working environment that suits the preferences of your employees can lead to a significant boost in productivity. When you have a clear idea of which working environments are needed, you can use our Office Space Calculator to calculate how much space you need.
What amenities do you require at work?
Certain amenities may be crucial for your employees to deliver their work, such as access to a suitable office desk and chair, whether they are assigned 1:1 or available as hot-desks. Beyond this, however, there are many amenities that do not immediately spring to mind. These could be things that your employees value about your current office or things they would really like to have in a new office.
Access to tea and coffee facilities often appear high up on employee surveys as a desired amenity in any workplace. Whether you provide a full-works coffee cart or simply a kettle and the basic ingredients, access to hot drinks throughout the day is a must-have for many offices.
Other amenities that frequently appear in employee surveys include access to private meeting rooms, functional printing facilities, office plants (which have a load of benefits!) and a cafe or canteen within walking distance.
If your business is growing and you’re moving to a bigger or better office space, it may be the perfect opportunity to expand the amenities you offer your staff by asking the additional question, “what should we look for that we don’t currently have?” You may not know what is important to your employees until you ask the question!
We appreciate that moving office can be a big and difficult decision to make. However, by exploring the above three areas with your employees, you can ensure that your new office will be a resounding success. Importantly, you’re also showing your employees that you value their input and contribution.
We have developed a seven-stage process to help make office moves as straightforward and stress-free as possible. Interested in chatting about a potential office move? You’re welcome to get in touch with us.