Lots of companies have growing pains, but startups and tech companies tend to feel them more acutely because the growth is so fast. Going from 5 to 45 employees in just two years brings a unique set of challenges. One of the biggest headaches can be managing the space, and when a company (like Stack Exchange) is headquartered in a city where real estate is at a premium (like New York), space constraints become something you’ll have to deal with sooner rather than later. This leaves you with three options: cram more people into your space than you initially anticipated, plan out an expansion or build-out within your existing space, or move to a whole new space.
We chose option three. Two months ago, we moved to our NYC HQ into a brand-new, beautiful office. The plan for a new office was a year plus in the making, since we completely re-designed, gutted, and did construction of the space, but the actual moving preparations started happening around two months before the big weekend.
Moving offices involves most of the same logistics as moving houses… that is, if your house were a giant mansion with 50 people living in it and you were moving into a castle. Now that we’re on the other side of our big move (and can finally breathe a little), we wanted to pass on a few tips and tricks to make it as seamless as possible for your company—and as painless as possible for you.
As with any major change, a move is sure to affect your company dynamic, (we can’t all just shout across the hall to each other anymore!) but it doesn’t need to change the culture. With proper planning, communication, and showing off your true colors with little Easter Egg surprises around the offices, you’ll be able to transition to a new space with only a few papercuts and minimal sleep deprivation.