If you are planning for a contractor or construction project at your commercial building, prepare your staff and team. If possible, take time to plan-ahead and designate tasks to staff to help make the remodel, refurbishment, or construction smooth.
Get ready for your office remodel or construction project with these eight tips:
1. Talk to the team. Valuable insight can be garnered when you ask your staff for input about remodeling plans and designs. Try a survey to pinpoint areas that need updates or to determine the most effective way to improve the space. Once your remodel plans are in place, keep the team informed regarding progress.
2. Set realistic goals. Major construction projects can impede productivity and present challenges. Be realistic about setting goals and meeting deadlines during this time, if possible.
3. Create a casual atmosphere. Adopt a casual atmosphere and dress code during construction if your team is still using the space. This can help alleviate frustration and may improve morale.
4. Leave the site often. Make plans to leave during breaks and lunch; encourage staff to leave the site often.
5. Come up with a communication plan. Develop a communication plan or a way to update staff regularly about the progress of the construction. This could be weekly emails, meetings, or updates. When the construction is complete, plan a party or get-together to celebrate and thank the team.
6. Plan a purge party. A major remodel is the perfect time to purge; encourage everyone to streamline and discard items that are not needed or necessary. Take a fun approach and plan an office purge party; create a list of tasks to assign to each team member. Order lunch-in and clear clutter to make the upcoming construction easier.
7. Take home personal items. Take home your personal items; encourage others to remove theirs also. This is a small but effective step toward streamlining the space before the contractors arrive.
8. Have a back-up plan ready. It is always a good idea to have a back up plan, just in case working in the office is temporarily not feasible. This could be getting together off-site, at a staffer's home or a public place or renting out a temporary workspace ahead of the remodel.
Don't let the rigors and challenges of construction prevent you from getting the job done; use these eight tips to stay on track and prepare for the remodel or build. Get your team behind you by assigning tasks that help make them feel vested in the construction and proud of the results.