Moving is going to be stressful. No two ways about it. Moving your office racks up a whopping 39 points in the Holmes-Rahe Social Readjustment Rating Scale, making it one of life’s most stressful events.
You might be expanding to a cool new office or getting lean by transitioning into a more efficient workspace, but the stress of the upheaval is just as intense.
Beyond that, the stress of a major business readjustment like an office move is often associated with life events like:
- A major change in financial state
- Gaining/losing a team member at work
- Taking on a mortgage/lease
- A major change in responsibilities at work
- A major change to working hours/conditions
- Taking on a loan
The combined stress of the above events will take you beyond the 150 point threshold, which indicates a higher probability of a health breakdown within the next two years. Whether positive or negative, these changes still put stress onto your systems. Even when everyone on your team is happy about the move, large scale change adds an enormous cognitive load on top of whatever business responsibilities they have.
Fortunately, you have something on your side. The world’s oldest and still the greatest stress reduction device is a checklist.
Psychology Today cited research that the act of making a list is effective in reducing stress and fostering innovative problem-solving because “streamlining to the essentials creates air and light in the mind, which also feeds creativity.”
Follow the checklist to reduce office transition downtime, prevent unwelcome surprises and get back to the routine of business sooner.