Relocating a company to California is no small undertaking, especially during a time when social distancing and safe workspace etiquette is a top concern. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us had to move out of an office setting and into our homes to keep staff safe and healthy. Now that some companies are requiring their employees to be in an office full-time again, your move management team will need to consider space planning in your office relocation. Here’s how that should look when creating your business moving guide.

Space Planning

Oftentimes, space planning is an overlooked aspect of relocating a company. However, now more than ever, this detail is of the utmost importance. If you want your employees to feel not only safe, but excited to come back to work, you’ll need to go the extra mile. This is something that should be done early on in the move planning process. Once the new space has been acquired, project managers can start mapping out how the new space should look.

Something companies need to consider is if the new space is big enough for each and every employee to return to the office. Companies 15-20 years ago once granted around 200-250 office square feet per head. Since then, it has dwindled down to less than 150 square feet per person. Relocation Strategies’, Corey Udkoff, says thanks to social distancing, that will start to increase again. Whether this means your company needs to find more space or maybe just a space where people can comfortably remain socially distant, more and more teams are opting for relocation.

Businesses need to assess their team’s preferences when it comes to their workspace.  Managing new offices to meet the specific needs of their workforce will pay dividends to ensure your team is safe and comfortable. This is where your project management team’s expertise comes in.

The Space Planning Process

Your move management team can ensure your company is making the most of your corporate or industrial space. Your project manager will draw up a guide that outlines employee circulation patterns in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines. This will add to the efficiency in how people move through the space. The plan is finished by adding details of all the furniture, equipment, and hardware placement, which can be chosen through a list of trusted vendors.

Move Management Teams

If you’re considering an office or industrial relocation, space planning should be something you look for when vetting move management teams. There is a lot to be said on the topic of “right-sizing” office space. Changing trends and the possibility of another quarantine coming into effect makes it even more important for your company to keep up with changing trends. To learn more about business relocation services and space planning, listen to Udkoff’s interview or give one of our representatives a call.