Company relocations are often significant milestones which bring excitement and apprehension. While a company’s decision to move may seem like a straightforward shift, it can have far-reaching consequences. This can include staff commuting costs, turnover rates, and the environment. In this blog post, we will explore how a local company relocation can impact and cause ripple effects.
Staff Commuting Options
When a company relocates, the new location will influence employees commuting options. Those who enjoyed a short commute may now face longer travel times. As a result, increased congestion and limited public transport options can occur. These changes can impact employees’ work-life balance, stress levels, and job satisfaction.
Impact on Staff Turnover
The disruption caused by a company relocation can increase staff turnover. Employees who face longer commutes or increased commuting costs may reassess their options. Additionally, employees with personal commitments may find it challenging to relocate. The loss of experienced staff members could impact the company’s productivity and growth.
Relocations can have both positive and negative environmental impacts. Strategic relocations such as being closer to employees’ homes could reduce commuting distances. This in turn can lower carbon emissions. Conversely, if the relocation results in longer commutes for employees, it could lead to more congestion. It could also cause higher emissions and a greater strain on transport infrastructure.
Mitigating the Impact
Employers should take proactive steps to support their staff and reduce the impacts of relocation. Through our Travel Plan services, TPS support businesses through the full process. This can include location analysis, strategic planning and relocation support.
Here are a few of the steps that a business can take to mitigate against any negative impacts of a relocation:
Workforce Accessibillity Audit
Business relocations can be influenced by factors such as the quality of the new space, or availability of nearby facilities. Assessing the impact on the staff commute is essential. A poorly chosen location can result in high staff turnover and job dissatisfaction. TPS helps businesses understand and plan for the commuting needs of the workforce. This analysis is undertaken as part of the location assessment process.
Flexible Work Arrangements
Offering flexible hours or remote work options can help ease the burden of commuting. Flexible hours allow staff to travel outside of peak hours, saving both money and time.
Plan Measures to Support the Commute
Access to high-quality cycle parking, promotion of lift share programs, and facilitating access to public transport can help employees. In particular, this can manage increased commuting costs and reduce environmental footprints. Plans to support the commute, through the implementation of practical and cost-effective tools and support, are essential. TPS work with businesses to develop bespoke strategies to support the commute.
Clear Communication and Support
Open communication with employees about relocation plans is essential. It should include addressing employee concerns and providing resources for managing the transition. This can be through the provision of personal journey planning and relocation events. Additionally, the design of engaging materials is important. TPS helps to ensure that the workforce is informed and supported through the relocation process.
Implementing sustainable practices, such as encouraging active travel, demonstrates the company’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact.
To conclude, relocation has wide-ranging effects on staff commuting options. It can also influence staff turnover rates and environmental impacts. By understanding and addressing issues, organisations can mitigate consequences. As a consequence, a business can foster a more sustainable and supportive work environment. Recognising the importance of employee well-being, work-life balance, and environmental responsibility will help ensure a smooth transition and long-term success for both the company and its employees.
Do you need relocation support at your workplace? Contact our team to discuss your requirements. Formed in 2000, TPS has established itself as one of the leading independent transport planning consultancies in the UK. Our small friendly team support clients through the provision of a wide range of travel planning and development planning services, across projects of any scale or nature.