The COVID-19 pandemic may signal the end to large offices for the foreseeable future. This results in office managers struggling to figure out how to relocate technology to a smaller space.
How did this happen?
When the COVID-19 pandemic began, many businesses began hesitantly dipping their toes into telecommuting for the first time. A strange thing happened… they found that employees liked it. Gone were long commutes and dress codes. Employees could wake up, make a cup of coffee and start work.
Despite initial hesitation, companies have found great benefit from the new workstyle, reporting increased staff productivity and reduced utility costs in office buildings.
Thus, a new trend has emerged – companies reducing their office space and embracing remote workers. The days of large open spaces with employees working elbow to elbow are over, at least for the near future. For the office space that remains, social distancing requirements are mandating that floorplans be reconfigured, and workstations moved further apart.
This trend is happening all of over the world
In a July 9 Orlando Business Journal story titled “Tenants Struggle to Build a Bridge to Somewhere,” Daniel Sernovitz notes that this trend is here to stay, and not just a blip on the radar. The reporter cites surveys showing that between 38-47% of businesses are indeed looking to make the change.
A July 13 story by Paul Davidson in USA Today, echoes the same sentiments. “About three-quarters of chief financial officers surveyed by Gartner in late March said they plan to permanently shift at least some employees to remote work after the pandemic, with 23% expecting to move at least a fifth of their staffers,” he writes.
Is your office trending this direction? If so, you are already aware that the logistics of office moves are mind numbing. It takes a lot of planning and technical manpower, especially when moving technology.
For many years, the Wiring Technologies, Inc. Relocation Team has worked with Fortune 500 companies to make these moves less difficult. We can assist you starting with designing the new communications infrastructure down to proper installation of computers, printers, and AV.
Here are just a few of the tasks that we can remove from your plate
• Low Voltage and AV move planning
• Asset tagging
• Packing and transit of labeled items
• Shipping and receiving
• Creation of custom assemblies
• Expansion of the DMARC
• Structured Cabling
• Installation of Wi-Fi and DAS systems (including life safety)
• Rack and connect of IT networks
• Build out telecommunication room
• Desktop moves and setup
• Install software and preprogram equipment
• Serial number acquisition
• Custom design and install Audio Visual equipment (including video walls, video conferencing, live sound and video systems)
• Design and install security cameras and access control
As you can see, there are many tasks to consider when making a move or configuration. Our goal is to ensure that your office technology is working properly on the first day, and perhaps better than it did before your changes. Give us a call today for a free on-site assessment.