If you are planning on moving your manufacturing plant from one location to another, you might be worried about the way that your employees will be affected. After all, you probably know how important it is to keep your employees happy, and you may want to reduce the impact as much as you can. Luckily, following these tips can help you do just that while still moving your production plant to its new location.
1. Give Employees Ample Notice
No one wants to come in to work one day and find out that their job is being moved across town. This information can be rattling, and it can even make employees wonder if something else is going on that they don't know about. To maintain trust and to help employees make accommodations for the new location -- such as by finding childcare that is closer to the new location or figuring out new transportation for getting to work -- make sure that you let them know about the move as soon as possible and that you keep them updated if things change.
2. Try to Keep Things Going
Your employees probably don't want to lose hours -- or income -- from the plant being shut down during the move. Therefore, it's best to plan things so that you can keep the production line going for as long as possible before the big move. Not only is this good for the employees, but it's good for your business, too. This can be done by moving one department at a time, renting equipment so that you can have production going in two places at once, and hiring a plant relocation service to help you get equipment moved as quickly as possible.
3. Get Everyone Introduced to the New Facility
You can't really expect for everyone to walk into a totally different facility and get right to work without some questions. Consider scheduling a day for employees to come in and see the new facility, tour the places where they will be working and figure out things like where the restrooms are located and where they should park. This can help ensure that everyone is more comfortable and less confused when they get to work in the new facility.
Change can be a good thing, but it can be scary for employees, too. Luckily, following these tips can help you reduce the impact of a plant relocation on your employees.