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FIVE TOP TIPS FOR SETTLING INTO YOUR NEW COMMUNITY

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When the furniture’s all in place, the boxes are unpacked and you’ve let all your acquaintances know you’ve got a new address, it’s time get outside and see your new community. McKendree Moving & Storage offer these five top ways to do just that:

  1. Explore: Area hotels, corner stores, the local library or the visitor’s bureau no doubt will have brochures and walking maps detailing the most interesting sights around time, including historic spots, parks, shopping districts and eateries. Pick up some material and head out for a tour.
  2. Join a club: A new community means lots of opportunity for meeting new friends. Check out local meet-up groups, clubs and organizations that focus on your particular hobbies or career goals. You’re bound to build relationships with people who have shared interests.
  3. Learn something new: New digs call for new experiences. Check with the community college or other organizations that offer lessons subjects that interest you. Gourmet cooking, salsa dancing, rock climbing, pottery making, chess playing – there’s no limit to the ways you can broaden your horizons.
  4. Volunteer: Perhaps the best way to learn about your new community is to jump in and get your hands dirty – in a good way. Find a local organization that serves a cause you love and get involved. Visiting residents at a nursing home, walking dogs at the local pet shelter or reading to kids at the library all are great volunteer opportunities you’ll find in any city.
  5. Freshen up your look: Get a new look to complement your new surroundings. A top choice is a chic new hairstyle. After all, hairdressers always know all the good chatter about town.

Starting fresh in a new community is always exciting. Take a little initiative and you’ll soon feel right at home.

MOVING OFFICES? HERE’S HOW TO KEEP YOUR EMPLOYEES HAPPY

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Moving a family from one home to another is one thing. Moving an office full of employees who may or may not be happy about relocating is a whole ‘nother ball game. And it’s not always fun. Statistics from the International Facility Management Association reveal that, “on average, two-thirds of employees who are given the task of managing an office relocation are fired or quit within six months of the move.”

Don’t let that sad stat tank your workplace morale. McKendree Moving & Storage offers these five top tips for ensuring a smooth, productive and – dare we say – happy office move.

  1. Give them warning: The No. 1 worst thing you can do is drop an info bomb on your employees at the last minute. Let them know well in advance that a move is in the works. This allow for any necessary tweaking of your worker’s daily goings on. For instance, an employee who lives nearby and bikes to work may suddenly need to buy a vehicle or get familiar with public transportation.
  2. Involve them in them in the planning process: When employees feel they’ve got a say in the plans, they’re more likely to develop a positive outlook on the whole thing. To the extent possible, get their input on just how they envision their new digs. For instance, do they work in cubicles now? A move to the more modern collaborative workspace trend may be a welcome change.
  3. Keep them updated: From the day a planned move is announced, regular and clear communication is crucial. It’ll help cultivate excitement about the move and keep them motivated throughout the entire process.
  4. Make a few upgrades: New digs should mean a few shiny new features such as a cool new coffee maker, latte machine, water cooler, ergonomic chairs, a copy machine that won’t jam or a break time ping pong table. Even a chic new set of logoed coffee mugs can be a morale booster.
  5. Throw a party: When all the moving-related chaos is done and everyone is settled into the new space, it’s time to celebrate with an office-warming party. It’ll help solidify the move in your employees’ minds. And anyway – you all deserve it.

To help assure all goes smoothly with your next office move to or from the Washington, DC metro area, call McKendree Moving & Storage at 800-530-2626.