Successfully Managing an Office Renovation

Office renovations, whether big or small, can be massively disruptive. You might have to close areas of your office, move your team around, work in smaller spaces, or do without some of your desks and equipment. You might even have to stay out of the office for a few days if you need more substantial renovations completed.

Big businesses cope. They take a few days off while the scaffolding is up, or they outsource work to other locations. It doesn’t really affect their income or reputation, and losing one office for a few days is a drop in the ocean when you have several others.

Smaller businesses, however, can struggle. Sometimes, renovations are necessary, or even unavoidable. If your office has become unsafe or insecure, you need to make upgrades as soon as you can. If the atmosphere is bad, it is cold, toxic or outdated, it can decrease productivity and put the health of your staff at risk. Renovations, in the long term, can be well worth it. But how do you keep your business going while work is taking place? You manage things well.

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Get the Right Help

The first thing that you need to do is to make sure you hire the right team. The people working on your business need to understand your needs. They need to communicate well throughout the process so that you know what is going on at all times, and they need to work quickly, and efficiently, sticking to a budget and minimizing downtime for your business.

Schedule Some Time Off

If you can, scheduling some time off can be the ideal solution. Even if you need to keep working, and stay close to supervise the renovations, you could give some of your team some time off, and reduce everyone’s workload while work is taking place.

Schedule Work

There might also be work that you can automate or schedule before you have to move out of the office. Another option is outsourcing jobs to freelancers and other companies.

Consider Remote Working Options

Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to work away from the office. Use the internet, and cloud storage to allow your team to work from home, or from alternative locations as much as possible. This can be effective as long as you take the time to get everything set up before you leave the office, and that you keep communication, and perhaps even meeting in co-working spaces and other locations while you are out of the office.

Invest in Your Online Services

So, you can’t get into your office to do your core job for a little while. Might this be a fantastic opportunity to focus on other areas of your business? Could you invest the time in your website and other online services, or to branch out in other directions? See it as a chance to grow and evolve, and not an excuse to take it easy.

Minimize Meetings

If you know that you’ve got a renovation coming up, try to schedule client meetings away from these times. If you can’t, offer to go to them, or arrange meetings in a neutral space.

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