The Great Unknown
It's stressful to start a search for the best place to locate a company's primary or satellite facility. With many attractive options available, where do you start? In addition to calculating the benefits to the business, how is a preferred lifestyle factored into the location decision? If a relocation is involved, how can a project that intimidates people actually be executed in a way that reduces worry? Also, how can all this be completed on time and on budget?
Company leaders often experience angst in just considering relocation regardless of whether it is related to the company's growth or outright survival. Some experience routine worry (e.g., "How much time will be required for this project?") while other sense that a crisis is brewing (e.g., "How do I tell employees that we're moving?").
Options are available to make the entire process easier.
Questions & Concerns
Initial conversations often begin with clients asking questions based upon business judgment, personal values, concerns about families, and consideration for the well-being of others. Examples of questions:
- I’ve considered the idea of relocating, but it all seems overwhelming to me – where do I start?
- How do you do your research?
- How do I keep my production going smoothly so that my customers are not inconvenienced?
- What kinds of incentives are available that would assist the company in making a move?
- What constitutes a fair relocation package and what constitutes a fair severance?
- How about timing – what are the positives and the negatives in announcing “too late” or “too early.”
- What do I say if the mayor calls, or the press?
Most executives and business owners involved in a location project are doing the best they can to position their companies for a brighter future. Expert help can alleviate stress, which in turn makes it easier to come to eventual decisions that make sense from both a business and lifestyle viewpoint.