Your favorite coffee shop that you religiously go to every morning has just closed for good. Now, you have to find a new place that makes your caramel macchiato just right and you’re not a happy camper. You’re forced to take a new route home from work because your usual commute is under construction and once again, you’re not thrilled. Change is something that people have a natural resistance to and it’s no different in the workplace.
Imagine your frustration after your boss asks you to relocate from your office cubicle to a new office desk. That was your stomping ground- how could they? Now, (turning this up a notch) you hear your company will be making a total office relocation. Suddenly, your world is turned upside down. You’ll be placed in a foreign office design, between unfamiliar office partitions, without having the comfort of your ergonomic office chair that has just the right amount of softness. Oh, the horror! OstermanCron has seen it many times, this resistance to change and office moves in particularly.
While employees naturally show opposition, time and time again studies show that change is worth it and here’s the main reason why: It’s in change that we grow – on a personal level and with companies as a whole. “No pain, no gain”, might be the best way to sum this up. Although a painful process to some, it’s usually through change that companies feel a camaraderie by embarking together. You might be surprised, but the office design experts at OstermanCron will often notice vast transformations of cultures after big company changes.
If your company is moving office locations in the future and if you’re a little unsure, Kimball Office has completed multiple case studies on change management. They’ve written white papers looking from the inside out- from the inner workings of psychology to the outer structure of company culture. Take a read or visit their website: you won’t be disappointed. Whether it’s an office move due to employee growth or just because an old space has just started feeling a little stale, office relocations are sometimes exactly what the doctor ordered.