Moving offices can be a really stressful process for you and your organisation. You’re dealing with personalities who may be ‘part of the furniture’ in the old office, miles of cords from your computers and phones plus a stack of heavy equipment that needs moving. So where do you start? Check out these simple ideas to make moving offices less stressful.
Moving office is like moving house, except you don’t have crazy children to deal with – you’ve got crazy staff. When you move house, all you need to do is find a mate who’ll swap his ute for a carton of beer and you’re good for a day. Moving office? Not so easy. You could call your staff in on the weekend, pay them overtime and risk them injuring themselves. Or you can get in professionals to help. It’s not just the physical moving between offices – it’s wrapping the photocopier, all the computers and electrical hardware and the boss’s beloved bonsai collection that you need to think about. Take the stress out of the physical move and book a professional mover like http://www.yourlocalmovers.com.au/. They’ll be able to do it much quicker and more effectively than you could on your own.
Bob can’t sit near Suzie. Janet gets sleepy if it’s too bright. Jeff wants a window seat. No, we aren’t talking about kindergarteners – this could be your staff! Before moving, take your staff to the new office for a walk around. Have a seating map ready for your staff to preference their seating arrangements. Moving offices can be stressful for some staff. One of the best ways to help remove that stress is to familiarise themselves with the new office – where they are going to sit, what are the sunny spots and most importantly, where is the best coffee at the new office!
Your staff know where they are going and you’ve called in experts to give you a hand with the move – now what? Have a plan for the new office! This may need some co-ordination with your telephone provider, your IT guys and any specialists from HR that need to set up special workstations for the staff.
Let all your clients and stakeholders know that you’re moving office. Let them know that you and your staff will not be as accessible over the next few days as you settle in. This way you can focus on the move, without worrying about last minute changes to accounts and orders. Make sure you let everyone know what your new location is – you’ll want them to be able to find you!
Moving offices needn’t be stressful. Engaging your staff, get the right help and plan for your move – this will make everything much more stress free. Have you found these tips helpful? Have you had experience moving offices? Any horror stories? What has worked for you when you’ve moved offices, and how have you helped your staff settle into their new work home? Post your ideas and thoughts in the comments below.
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Do you use Facebook? How about Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram?
All of these sites are classed collectively as ‘social media,’ and the information which you innocently place on them today could have a negative impact on your claim for compensation following an accident tomorrow.
More and more businesses and organisations are looking at social media channels to find out whether a job candidate, benefit applicant or insurance claimant has anything to hide.
Investigating the private lives of claimants who make fraudulent claims can be justified when considering the burden they place on businesses and the economy at large.
According to CIFAS, the UK’s Fraud Detection Service, fraudulent insurance claims grew by 22.6% between 2012 and 2013.
However, for individuals making a legitimate claim for compensation, there is a risk that information casually placed online could be misinterpreted and used to reduce the much-needed pay-out they are entitled to.
Even if the contents of social media profiles are not enough to prove that someone is making a false claim, the information can be used to discredit claimants and make the compensation process a long, drawn-out and stressful process.
Someone who makes a personal injury claim for a whiplash injury following a road accident may be treated with suspicion if they wrote Facebook updates about heading footballs or playing on a trampoline shortly before their accident.
Someone who makes frequent jokes about being clumsy or accident prone online, may find their claim for compensation challenged following a slip, trip or fall in the workplace.
There are a number of steps social media users can take to prevent their personal information from being later used against them. Privacy settings restrict some investigators from accessing information, but as a member of the Green Party recently discovered, it’s not that simple.
Michael Aberton, who writes a blog about environmental issues, was visited this week by police who wanted him to remove a comment he put on Twitter about UKIP’s policies – even though nothing he had written was illegal.
As he explained, questionable police intervention aside, once something is written online, even if it’s made private, can quickly be “retweeted and appropriated, copied, many times and [he] no longer had any control of it.”
It’s possible that individuals may soon have the right to have information about them online removed from search engines.
In a landmark ruling just this week, Spaniard Mario Costeja González won the right to have historical personal information about himself removed from Google.
González’s application to the European Courts for the “right to be forgotten” was made to escape the financial difficulties of his past. In a statement, he said he was fighting “for the elimination of data that adversely affects people’s honour, dignity and exposes their private lives.”
For anyone seeking compensation for a personal injury that has personal information online that could bring their claim into question, this is good news; the success of González could trigger a change in the way that online information about individuals is obtained.
However, those changes will create logistical difficulties for Google because of the countless ways in which stories, images and comments are so easily distributed, making them unlikely to come into effect any time soon.
Until then, the best advice is to be very careful about what you write online or better yet, write nothing at all.
For free, professional advice on your right to make a personal injury claim, contact the legal team at Accident Compensation 4UK who can help you secure the compensation you are rightfully entitled to.
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Buying a house is a big investment. You do not want to pay good money for a house, only to find out that you have to spend a whole lot more to get it fixed up. It’s easy to say that you can do an ocular inspection of the house, but there are some problems that cannot easily be spotted by people who are not trained for building inspections. There is value in hiring building inspectors who are educated, trained, and experienced in their field of expertise. Here are some of the most important reasons why you should hire a building inspector:
· To check for structural safety – these professionals are well-versed with construction practices and building codes. They can tell whether the building was constructed in compliance with set standards. A building inspection report will tell you that the house that you are buying is indeed safe for you and your family to live in.
· To spot defects that need to be repaired – there are a lot of defects that can be hidden by cosmetic improvements. Building inspectors should be able to spot telltale signs that there could be problems under the polished floor boards or behind the freshly painted walls.
· To ensure value for money – you do not want to be conned into buying a house that is worth less than what you are being charged for it. Although a separate appraisal is necessary if you want a more accurate valuation, a building inspection can give you a good idea about the real condition of the house that you are interested in buying. With your building inspection report, you can decide whether or not you want to negotiate with the seller on the final selling price.
Realizing the importance of hiring a building inspector is not enough. You also have to make sure that you hire the right professional. Find one who is duly accredited by local, national, or international industry associations. It is also important to check that the building inspector you are hiring is licensed, insured, and bonded to perform his duties.
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