Managing successful and cost-effective company relocations
Company relocations are stressful, complex, costly, time & resource consuming procedures that unless managed precisely and effectively, can have an impact on the organization with consequences ranging from temporary disruption of operations, lost customers, data and financial losses incurred among other problems caused.
Proactive programming, advance scheduling and a sound action plan are indispensable factors contributing to a successful relocation and more often than not, the assistance of a dedicated professional partner, focused exclusively in managing the task are the normal. Recruiting an external collaborator that possesses the analytical, organizational, scheduling, managerial and action planning skills, ensures minimal time spent on the project (HR) and the reassurance of having someone on board that has gone through this process many times before.
Metrax can take off the stress of internally managing a complex relocation project that costs valuable time and can impact the flow of operations due to deviated resources (human & capital). Besides proactive engagement in Advance planning & Accurate Timing of handover, for leased properties, Metrax offers dilapidations and disputes management as part of our Acquisition & Disposal service. Correct handling of such legal and technical issues, ensures minimal costs through a coordinated disposal of the old property with the transfer to the new.
Although not a requirement, companies that wish to relocate are advised to begin preparation either on their own or through hiring a consultant, well ahead of selecting their new location. This way, delays or missed move dates can be eliminated almost completely, costs can be kept at a minimum while the new location choice process is facilitated immensely since it is based on due diligence and more accurate data.
What are the actions a company should take in order to prepare efficiently for a relocation?
Having a clear picture of the current space related data such as utilization efficiency, running & maintenance costs, existing problems and space-personnel related issues, will lead to a much more informed decision on the new location regarding actual needs, investment capability and benefits from the move. Preparation can either be performed internally by using in-house resources and expertise or through hiring an external consultant.
The benefits of outsourcing apart from the expanded know-how, include time savings in practice through avoiding to ‘reinvent’ the wheel when it comes to valid and useful data collection along with scheduling and
organizing the move. The investment in hiring an external consultant to manage the move project is small in relation to the derived benefits overall. translating to reduced managerial overhead, less ‘expensive’ own HR hours and increased efficiency at many levels due and if the organization chooses an integrated services provider saving can extend even more
Metrax Service Provisions
As an integrated services provider offering Turn-Key solutions, Metrax provides complete coverage when it comes to relocation projects simplifying the process even more. Since we are initially called upon to design and construct the new destination space, offering the option to also handle the move allows the customer to save significant resources and reduce complexity through a single communication point. Additionally, coordination of tasks becomes seamless and project integrity is ensured via coherent management practices throughout all stages of the project.
The key points of our relocation management approach and service options are summarized below.