Moving is stressful! Whether it is your house or your office it is an arduous endeavor. In the article Moving your office? 5 tips for staying productive there are tips on remaining productive. Accurate Installations & Moving Services (AIMS) is a full service commercial moving company. AIMS works to reduce the downtime of a business during relocation. It is never too early to start planning. Give AIMS a call or e-mail for a free estimate and start planning your office relocation.
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Below are tips on how to stay productive during an office move.
1. It’s impossible to plan too far ahead.
If it’s a minor move, then you should know in advance where the cubicles will get set up and where the Ethernet connections will get wired through. Leave nothing to chance. Relocating an entire business—and don’t think it can’t happen to you, because small businesses do grow—can also mean moving a local-area network or a wireless network, numerous PCs, and printers. It can mean shipping equipment and inventory. Line up your proverbial ducks well in advance of the big day. Tip: With careful planning, and depending on the size of your business, you can ensure that the actual move happens over a weekend. That gives you enough time to install and troubleshoot any technology that has migrated. If there’s any down time, it will be on Sunday and Monday, minimizing the impact to your clients and customers.
2. Be prepared for the unexpected.
A move of any kind forces you to think on your feet, to be ready for anything. If you travel frequently, you probably already know how to do that. For example: Where do you go to buy a box of RJ-11 wire at 1 a.m. What if you need to make copies, but don’t have any of your machines set up? It forces you to take nothing for granted, even little things like power and phone service.
3. Use the move as an excuse to upgrade.
For example, if your office is using bulky CRT monitors, here’s the perfect reason to donate those clunkers to your favorite charity and buy flat-panel monitors. It’s also a good opportunity to take a hard look at the software you’re using to see if it needs updating. Basically, you want to arrive at your new office location in even better shape to do business than you were when you left. Tip: Use your laptop computers as “interim” office machines while you’re in transit. In other words, make sure they’re all synched up and have the latest software before you begin your move. Then, use them as your primary PCs while your new office gets situated.
4. Anticipate down time, even if you expect none.
Moving can be unpredictable. Trust me. For instance, I thought I would close on a property this morning, but because of some unexpected financing issues, the paperwork won’t go through until the end of this week. Delays happen. “I notify clients, editors, associates, and friends in advance, via e-mail or phone, that my availability will be somewhat limited for a day or two,” says Sharon Adcock, a communications consultant in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Tip: If it’s a long-distance move, and you have to stay in a hotel for a prolonged period of time, make sure it can double as an office. Case in point: I’m writing this article from my room at the Hampton Inn at the Orlando Convention Center. It features free meeting areas and high-speed and wireless Internet access. So even though I’m out of the office, I can still get work done.
5. Let your applications help you “move.”
If your relocation also involves an upgrade or migrating to new hardware (and as I just mentioned, this is an excellent opportunity to upgrade), make sure your programs do the heavy lifting. Save all of your old user options and migrate them to the new hardware or software, so that once you arrive in your new digs, you’ll be able to get to work right away. Tip: The trickiest of the migrations tends to be moving e-mail from one PC to the next. Microsoft Outlook automatically imports your preferences and e-mail when you upgrade from a previous version on the same computer. When you’re switching PCs, go to File, Import and Export, and pick the option for the application you’re using.
With a little planning and shrewd use of your existing technology, you can make sure that your next move will be as painless—and productive—as possible. But I can’t lie to you: Moving is still stressful. Yet hopefully, with these tips, it’ll be a little less so.