Across country or across the aisle, moving employees is a stressor

By Deborah Glew
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/12/2001

Does the thought of a move or reorganization of your office space send shivers down your spine? As an HR practitioner, the changes often affect you the most. You have to deal with the complaints, the misunderstandings, the confusion, the constant questions of “what stage is it in” and “how is it going to affect me (the employee).” This is all before you get to the actual move — when the possibility for chaos is endless.

How do you proceed and finish with the least amount of stress on yourself and your staff? The first step is understanding how the initial idea of change affects your staff. The second involves reducing stress during the planning stages. And, the third deals with implementing the move in an organized fashion.

Phase one: Understanding employees