Synter is excited to be expanding and renovating our office building in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina! As a company, we’ve been growing and shifting quite a bit to keep up with client demands and the need for skilled people. As such, we’ve needed to upgrade our facilities to accommodate more people, better technology, and guests and clients alike. We’ve had contractors in our office to take down walls, install new electric panels, and make the place ready for our new size! If your office will be going through a similar expansion, here are some ways you can reduce the disturbance to your day-to-day activities.
Give Lots of Notice: Often the biggest aversion to big office changes or ruckus is that people did not have sufficient time to plan around the noise. Give your people as much of a heads-up as possible, and be as specific as you can regarding when the noise will be the worst and when they can expect it to let up. Send out updates via emails or memos as events warrant as well to keep everyone on the same page. Having some expectation of the process will help with the buy-in and continued understanding.
Be Mindful of Irritants: Talk with your contractors to ensure they’re following not only the CDC’s best practices but also behaving in a courteous fashion to keep the amount of dust, paint, and drywall in the air to a minimum. Some employees may be affected intensely, experiencing headaches, difficulty breathing, and discomfort if air quality isn’t kept a priority throughout the process. Provide face masks and air purifiers where you can if you can’t make other work arrangements.
Allow for Flexible Work: If possible, you can be more flexible in the requirements you give your employees to come in every day. Many workplaces have adopted a more flexible style to their work requirements and hours to help accommodate parents and caretakers who are highly valuable assets but may need to tend to a sick child or ailing parent. If the noise and hubbub become too much, work on ways that teams can work remotely and check in with a supervisor.
Make Up for the Trouble: Where you can, thank your employees for their patience in tangible ways. During construction, it’s very common for employees to have to work in temporary desks, pack and move documents, and generally have their usual workflows disrupted. Bring in extra breakfast treats, give out free PTO, upgrade desk chairs, or otherwise ensure that everyone knows that you understand their frustration and appreciate their being team players.