How to Handle HR Issues When Relocating Your Business

Any move is stressful for those involved. Often, office moves involve many employees, magnifying the stress. To keep the pressure manageable and to ensure you retain top talent, human resource professionals should play a vital role in all stages of the move, from planning to settling in at the new location.


If additional or fewer employees are needed at the new site than the current one, the company should develop a plan to hire or reduce staff. HR leaders will also determine how to handle the separation of those employees not invited to move or choose not to do so, including severance packages.

For those who are relocating, HR will determine whether the new location has a different cost of living than the old one and how to adjust salary to accommodate it. Paying for moving expenses for relocating employees is a short-term hit on the company’s budget but pays rewards in employee productivity retention.

Companies should articulate the reasons for the move clearly to employees. They also will be careful to provide facts about the new location while dispelling myths so that employees can make an informed decision about relocating. Providing information about the quality of life in the new city for long-distance moves or new commuting routes for shorter moves may help deal with reluctance to relocate.

During this period, the company also should provide space for employees to air their views about their new location. When possible, HR might help employees find housing, child care, jobs for spouses, and other services in the new place.

During the Move

Employees often become anxious during the moving process about whether their files, computers, and favorite ergonomic chair will make it to the right place. Providing a calming presence and providing immediate help when issues arise will help ease anxiety.

Settling In

Employees will require several weeks to settle into the new environment, mostly if the move is long-distance. Providing orientations of the new facilities and information packets about the new office area, including good lunch spots, child care facilities, and gyms will help.

Suppose the move is a long-distance one and new employees are to be hired. In that case, HR specialists will participate in recruiting and hiring, and bridging local cultural differences.

Family picnics and other types of mixers might be scheduled to enable the hires from the new location and those who relocated to get to know each other better. Company culture may slowly evolve to match that of the new area. Long-term employees may feel anxious about this change, as well. By continually supporting employees, companies will reap productivity benefits over the long term.

Office Moving

Planning an office move is overwhelming. From disassembling to reassembling your office furniture and equipment to ensure everything is up and functioning in the new space — endless steps are involved. Any delays in the moving process can cost your company money. It’s essential to select the right office movers for your move. Contact us today for a quote. We can help reduce the stress. 

2020 National Movers Migration Report

Residential moving truck

The United Van Lines 44th Annual National Movers Study is out. Wisconsin closed out this hectic year with roughly the same number of inbound movers as outbound movers, a trend that’s continued over the past decade. 

Job opportunities were the primary reason for moving for both inbound and outbound movers. Nearly half of all residents cited employment as their main push or pull factor.

The chaos caused by Covid-19 had an impact on moving as well, accelerating trends observed over the previous few years: movers are primarily heading south and west and away from major metropolitan areas.

The top inbound states of 2020 were:

  • Idaho
  • South Carolina
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Arizona
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Arkansas

The top outbound states for 2020 were:

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Illinois  
  • Connecticut
  • California
  • Kansas
  • North Dakota
  • Massachusetts
  • Ohio
  • Maryland

Top Tips from Moving Pros

Moving day is right around the corner. You’ve checked almost everything off of your to-do list, including making one of the smartest moving decisions you can make: hiring professional movers. But if you’re like most people, you’ve still got a few questions.

If you’ve ever wondered how to get the most out of your professional moving service, you’re not alone. Many people wonder if there are things they can do to help their movers — or if it’s better to simply stay out of their way.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to optimize your moving service. Here are a few tips the moving pros want you to know.

Advance Logistical Planning

You know all the details of your home (and neighborhood) in a way that movers don’t. That means you can speed moving day along by scoping out any potential logistical issues ahead of time.

From steep driveways to narrow staircases and tiny elevators, consider factors that may slow movers down. You may want to take action such as:

  • Securing close parking spaces, both at your current home and your new home
  • Noting narrow hallways, steep walkways, stairs, and other obstacles
  • Reserving a cargo elevator, if possible

Let your moving company know about any potential issues well in advance. That way, they can plan to have the right crew and equipment on hand for moving day.

Pack it Up

Hands down, the best thing you can do to help your movers is to have things ready for them when they arrive. But what does being “ready” mean?

For a self-pack move, you’re ready for your movers when:

  • All of your items are all packed, boxed, labeled, sealed, and ready to be loaded on the truck
  • Appliances are properly prepared
  • Furniture is disassembled
  • Drawers are emptied
  • Walkways are cleared
  • Driveways at old and new home are cleared

The more you get done before movers arrive, the better they can do their job — and the faster you can get to your new home!

Stay Clear, But Stay Available

It’s usually best to stay back and allow the movers to do their job. Pro movers know how to pack up a home efficiently, and they know the best order to load the boxes onto the truck.

It’s essential to keep clear as the movers work; it’s also necessary that you be available to answer questions that only you, as the homeowner, can answer. You can also ask questions and voice concerns if things come up.

Secure Your Pets

Moving day is chaotic and stressful for pets, and you don’t want them getting underfoot, getting hurt, or possibly running out an opened door.

For both your pets’ and mover’s safety, make arrangements before moving day to secure your pets. 

Provide a safe room, already emptied of moving boxes, for your pets with an appropriate sign outside the room indicating that they are in there. Or, better yet, have friends or family take your pet to their house on moving day. 

Keep Children Entertained and Safe

Your small children might be upset, confused, or overly excited on moving day; for everyone’s safety, your kids need to stay out of the way as well. Make plans to have your kids stay with a friend or family member. Or consider designating an older sibling or another adult helping out to keep your children entertained and out of harm’s way on moving day.

Pro Moving Tips and Help

Your moving company wants to provide you and your family with a safe, smooth move. Following these tips will help your movers do their job quickly and effectively.

If you need moving assistance, we’re here to help. Contact us today with a free moving quote.