Relocating to a new office, whether it’s down the street or from another state, is a big deal for companies both large and small. It often takes months of planning and coordination to successfully move employees, furniture, files and technology to a new space, posing challenges for those in positions such as office managers, human resource departments and facility directors.
One of the biggest issues that can arise during a relocation is the unfamiliarity of a new commute for staff. Employees often are so set in their current habits traveling to and from work that without information or assistance, it can be stressful and have an impact on productivity when informed about moving to a new office. In addition, some employees might end up having a longer commute to the new location and may consider looking for a new job closer to home, posing retention problems for companies.
Assisting companies that are relocating to or within Arlington is part of Arlington Transportation Partners’ (ATP) complimentary suite of services. We understand the impact an employee’s commute has on their mental health, quality of life and satisfaction at the office, so we work closely with businesses to put their employees at ease when moving to a new location. ATP’s representatives create customized transportation programs and information based on an evaluation of a company’s current transportation benefits, the amenities and services at the new location and the commuting concerns of individual employees.
When working with a company during a relocation, we typically start the process by surveying employees on their transportation habits a few months prior to the move, as well as creating density maps to determine where employees live in relation to the new office. Based on the survey responses and map data, ATP reps will put together customized materials showing specific transportation options and provide information on various commute planning tools and apps, such as CarFreeAtoZ or Citymapper. These resources help employees understand all of their commute options to and from the new office and include features such as turn by turn directions, how long it will take and how much it will cost. ATP can also host or attend employee events before and after the move so employees can ask additional questions and receive more information from our transportation experts.
Through these relocation services, we aim to take the stress out of relocating by providing employees and their companies with the tools and information they need to be prepared for a new commute on the first day in the new office. Of course, our work doesn’t stop once the move is complete – we continue to evaluate companies’ transportation needs and provide assistance, updates and information on commute programs as an ongoing service.
Is your company thinking about moving in Arlington? Contact ATP today to start developing your customized relocation plan for employees!