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How can a mover influence the effect on staff productivity during a relocation project?

Author : David Bunting, former chair of the BAR CMG

14 March 2018

Every relocation is unique, but the challenges are the same, be the move small or large, local or distant - or perhaps a churn.

And one of those challenges is to ensure that productivity is at least maintained, or possibly improved, during the relocation process.

So how can it be done?

Businesses will naturally look to reduce downtime to a minimum, and one of the ways that they can achieve this is to engage with, and take advice from, their relocation contractor.

The Commercial Moving Group (CMG) of the British Association of Removers (BAR) consists of proven, professional companies, offering nationwide overage and all certified to British Standard 8522 for commercial removals.

They all bring an expertise in the field of advising their clients on how to deliver a cost effective, time sensitive relocation with minimum downtime and as seamless an outcome as is possible for the business.

Their knowledge has been accumulated over many years and by delivering many and varied relocation projects, and is freely available to you as you discuss your own particular move programme.

Quite naturally, the main focus of activity is usually on weekend moves (close down on Friday evening, with normal business resuming on Monday morning) but your chosen CMG mover will be able to advise on exact timings and will include options on the evening/overnight shift patterns; the timely transfer of mission critical IT equipment; and the potential for moving non-essential items early to reduce the pressure on the weekend itself.

So when preparing tender documents, give the tenderer the freedom to propose solutions that demonstrate how the relocation plan can be delivered in different ways to those which you might envisage, in order to reduce downtime and any adverse effect on productivity - and once you've selected your contractor, get them on board as an integral part of your planning team as you finalise your relocation strategy.

If your move is a large one, and involves many staff, consider appointing "move champions" from within your business who would be responsible for ensuring that all departments and individuals within those departments are fully briefed on the agreed plan, and task them with liaising with your mover's project manager and senior foremen.

The benefits accruing through such contacts will be considerable, and will ensure that you have fully motivated staff who are eager to deliver a seamless and successful move.

To sum up - consider your mover to be an equal partner in your move project and not simply as a contractor.

Share your needs and concerns, and your chosen CMG mover will undoubtedly provide a tailored solution which meets with the key objective of delivering a zero impact on your day-to-day business.

David Bunting is a former BAR president, CMG chair and council member.

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