By Lisa Picozzi
When undertaking any office relocation, you’ll likely be focused on keeping the logistics organized, ensuring the plan is effectively communicated, and confirming that deadlines are met. While these are all important, you need to ensure you don’t overlook one important priority: the safety of your team. Keep in mind that while “going it alone” can save a measure of time and money, hiring professionals for office moving services is the ultimate way to ensure a safe and efficient office relocation.
Whichever way you decide to go, here are some tips that JK Moving created to keep the process safe and secure for your team members.
1. Exercise caution
Moving heavy boxes and furniture can pose risks to even the healthiest members of your team. You need to make sure everyone is correctly trained professionals who are taking the proper precautions to stay safe and avoid injury. Here are a few of the most important caveats to consider:
- Use heavy-duty commercial bins and crates that are properly sealed to reduce the risk of objects falling out.
- Clearly label and don’t overload all boxed contents so our team doesn’t waste your time carrying items trying to figure out where they should go.
- JK Commercial production team members use the correct equipment, including dollies, spider cranes, and moving carts, along with safety straps and bungee cords, whenever possible.
- Our team is trained to use proper lifting techniques — always using their knees and never their backs!
Keep in mind that a professional team has the proper expertise and tools to move heavy items safely. It may be worth the investment to contract professional office furniture removal services.
2. Keep hallways and stairways clear
It can be tempting for people to organize and stage boxes in hallways, stairwells, or elevators. They may sometimes even prop open doorways with stacked boxes, but this can be hazardous. In all cases, maintaining clear and safe pathways will keep a safe flow of traffic and minimize trips and falls.
3. Put It All in Writing
Create and distribute an office move checklist so employees understand what to expect throughout the process. Be sure to include a map of the new office and a list of the building’s access codes, along with any other pertinent information about your move.
Lisa Picozzi is a freelance writer and editor with more than 20 years of experience covering a broad range of topics and industries.