After nearly 100 years in operation, we’ve worked with a few (thousand) businesses in our time. With the pandemic, we’ve seen new challenges brought about when it comes to the office setting for many industries.

While various businesses, including ours, have had some level of in-person operations since the initial shutdown, others have not seen the inside of an office building in over year. Nearly half of Americans want to return to work at least part of the timeSo what can business owners do to help employees feel safe returning to an in-person work environment? The answer to this is going to be different for each and every business, but here are some things to keep in mind.

Balance of Separation and Togetherness

One of the biggest factors in the return to work is space. Ensuring the workspaces are socially distanced to allow employees to feel less crowded and overwhelmed. At the same time, the number one thing people miss about work is spending time face to face with co-workers. It’s just as important to have some area where people can safely interact and collaborate.

Finding the Right Partner

This is where a moving company specializing in office relocations can help. Offices of any size can waste time and manpower moving around furniture, files, and equipment for proper spacing, taking focus away from daily operations. With this partnership, a team of professionals can take care of the project from start to finish within shorter deadlines and let you continue to focus on the important parts of your business, with little to no interruption.

Those who returned to work months ago, may be finding there are updates that can be made to ensure the comfortability of employees in the new normal. If you’re looking to do updates to ventilation systems, common areas, or entire office renovations, having a plan for separate place for storage of office equipment will be beneficial in getting the work done quickly and efficiently.

The Other Areas of Your Business

Although the office (or rather the essential team within it) is one of the most important parts of your business, it can be just one piece of it all. Schools have administrative offices, but also classrooms, gyms, and cafeterias. Manufacturing facilities have customer service and operation departments who help handle the functions of the warehouses and production lines. When it comes to logistical planning, partner with a company who can fulfill the needs of other areas of your business as your office staff returns.

If you don’t know where to start, ask your employees. They’ll tell you what they need to be productive working in person. Remember, a great plan for one business may not work for another. That’s why we recommend strategizing with a relocation company that can help with the planning.

At Arnoff Moving & Storage, our job is to minimize the disruption to your operations during a relocation. We are specialists in office moving services and making office and industrial moves operate like clockwork. Your schedule is the most important part of the relocation or renovations. We plan around it. We move around it. Whether you're working within your present location or moving across the country with a staff of hundreds, our precise planning, industry-leading packing and equipment-handling procedures and logistics leadership work together to get you back to work when you need to be.