Billhighway has been growing steadily for several years, having continually acquired additional office space within our original building located in Troy, MI. We’ve undergone three expansions, having moved office suites, to knocking down walls and expanding into adjacent offices to accommodate the tremendous growth we’ve experienced. Within the past year, we’ve begun evaluating a possible relocation to provide additional capacity for growth, while giving us the opportunity to further develop our corporate culture and increase awareness within the business community, as a growing provider of high-tech jobs within the [depressed] Michigan economy.
While considering the wide-availability of office space around the greater Detroit metropolitan area we realized we had the luxury of choosing from many locations with lots of varying amenities, namely having to choose between large [cheap] industrial buildings whereas we could obtain a significant amount of square footage, creating a ‘campus’ like environment for our employees, or opting for somewhat less space within a “downtown” environment, such as Royal Oak, Birmingham or even Detroit. Both offer advantages/disadvantages, making the choice a difficult one which requires careful consideration around your businesses short-term and long-term goals. Culture is a big part of our business, and its important for us to provide a compelling environment for our people, helping us to attract and retain the area’s most predominant employees.
While we’re still undergoing the process, I thought I would share our findings in a series of blog posts, helping others to understand, prepare and plan for an office relocation of your own; whether its to expand your existing business, starting a new business or moving out of a home-based business.
I recently read a statistic, provided by the International Facility Management Association, that “On average 2/3 of employees who are given the task of managing an office relocation are fired or quit within 6 months of the move” which helped us to realize, moving your office can be an extremely stressful exercise, with potentially many pitfalls if not appropriately planned for and executed. Maintaining our exceptionally high levels of service with minimal disruption to our customers is very important, and moving a sizable infrastructure is no small feat, further emphasizing the need to plan, plan, plan.
Below you will find links to several [draft] blog posts, which I intend to write as events unfold.
- Office Relocation Part 1: Planning the move
- Office Relocation Part 2: Creating your ideal office
- Office Relocation Part 3: Locating the perfect facility
- Office Relocation Part 4: Creating an RFP
- Office Relocation Part 5: Office design and space planning
- Office Relocation Part 6: Lease negotiation and review
- Office Relocation Part 7: Office space preparation
- Office Relocation Part 8: Moving Day
- Office Relocation Part 9: Information Technology
- Office Relocation Part 10: Miscellaneous Items (equipment & furniture)
- Office Relocation Part 11: After the Move…