Is 2017 the year you admitted you may need a bigger office? It’s easy to ignore how tight or ill-fitting your current space is when faced with the daunting task of office relocation. Moving can be full of unseen expenses and headaches. But, it can also be vital to the health of your profit to recognize your environment is limiting your potential. Once you’ve decided it’s finally time to take the plunge, keep these goals in mind and work to achieve them.
Goal 1 – Limit Downtime
Above all else, you need your move to have little to no negative impact on customer experience and employee productivity. All other goals fall under this one. Downtime costs you money. The longer you are not operating, the more you risk losing customers. Creating a thorough moving plan is the key to limiting downtime. This includes items like measuring your doorframes to ensure your furniture fits and getting your internet and power online in advance of move-in day. By understanding all your hurdles and having plans in place to address them, you help get your business back online quicker.
Goal 2 – Stay Visible
To reduce customer concerns, be overly communicative about the move. For tips on how, read our post:
Tips on Telling Your Clients You’re Moving Your OfficeGoal 3 – Hire ExpertsYou may think you are perfectly capable of managing your move internally. But, as with all outsourcing, consider the impact on your business. While you’re overseeing the process, what critical job functions are you neglecting? Professional movers can get the job done more efficiently and effectively than your staff. When it comes to your IT hardware, you need a specialist. Before machines are powered down, they need to be backed up. The new ports and connections at the new location need to be in place and ready to go before you get there with the equipment. The cabling and jacks need to be installed by an expert to ensure your setup is as productive as possible. And finally, your system needs tested once re-booted. This is not a job for regular movers. If your IT isn’t handled properly, you risk catastrophic data loss at a volatile time for your business. Make sure you know what to look for when outsourcing your IT Office moves such as references from other clients, proof of insurance, a service level guarantee limiting the amount of time you are down, and a professional, organized approach to quoting the move. A real pro will insist on visiting your current location as well as your new location to conduct a detailed site survey. NEVER hire anyone who wants to quote moving your network over the phone. Additionally, look for an IT company that will apply the charges for conducting your site survey against the total cost of the move if you choose them.Great Lakes Computer Corporation Offers Office IT Relocation ServicesOffice moves are a big job, but they can be a great way to energize your business and your team. The key to success is in careful planning and extensive vetting of your vendors. Moving your IT is one of the most critical tasks. You need to minimize downtime to prevent any impact on your business or customer experience. Great Lakes Computer Corporation provides office IT relocation services. We will backup your data, pack up your equipment, move it to the new location, unpack it and get you up and running quickly. We will be on-site to troubleshoot any hiccups that arise at the new location as well. Great Lakes can help you see the upside of moving.