Working from home has become a growing trend in the past few years, and employers realize that the needs of modern workers are evolving. Recent surveys show that 74% of employees would prefer to work remotely 3 to 5 days a week. Now, employers are scrambling to ensure that top talent stays with their company by offering flexible work options and the ability to work from home. Some are even going remote entirely.
As organizations realize the benefits of having a remote team, many physical offices are fading into obscurity. But this also leaves companies with empty buildings that need to be decommissioned. If you’re interested in shifting your organization from an in-office work model to a fully remote work environment, how can you make the transition smoothly? First and foremost, start taking steps to end your lease, cancel any on-site services, and ethically dispose of unneeded electronics.
Ending a commercial lease is not without challenges, and these will be dependent on the specifics of your situation. If you are trying to end the lease before the contract ends, the first thing you should do is check if there is a bailout clause or a co-tenancy clause. If you are in a lucrative location, your landlord is more likely to consider early termination. To sweeten the deal and end the contract on good terms, consider subleasing or re-assigning your office space to another company. If this isn’t an option, offer a lump sum payment.
However, if you are approaching the end of your lease, it is much easier to simply wait until the lease is over. If you own the building, work with a realtor to ensure that your office space is placed on the market at a competitive price.
Just before it’s time for you to leave the property, you’ll need to cancel any services that link to your company’s physical location. This may include utilities, automated or recurring deliveries, and regular maintenance services. By tying up these loose ends, you can exit the property cleanly and avoid incurring charges for any services you aren’t using anymore.
Upon vacating the premises, also ensure that you update your company’s information online. Confirm that the address on your website, social media pages, and Google Business listing reflects your new address — even if it’s just a PO Box.
Of course, as your organization’s work model changes, it is crucial that your IT assets follow suit. Most likely, closing your office will mean a stock of no-longer-needed electronic devices. By properly decommissioning these electronics, you can ensure compliance with local regulations, reduce the risk that your company will experience a data breach, and exhibit eco-friendly practices.
Transitioning to a remote work model isn’t easy, but working with a certified ITAD provider can help streamline the process. ITAD providers provide chain of custody assurance, guaranteed data destruction, and documentation that can help protect your team from liability. Once the process is complete, you may even choose to recycle or resell your devices. If the equipment or parts hold any value, ITAD providers may sell them and give you a portion of the profits to reinvest into your business.
After making the decision to dissolve your company’s physical offices, it’s time to get rid of your unwanted electronic devices. If you’re not sure where to start, the experienced ITAD providers at FAMCE will guide you through each step of the way.
First America Metal Corp. (FAMCe) has over 30 years of experience assisting businesses with the secure destruction and recycling of their outdated electronics, providing data security solutions for various devices. Our high level of expertise and exceptional customer service have built our reputation as the leading company for your ITAD needs.
Want to recycle your old devices with confidence? Contact FAMCe today for e-waste disposal that’s ethical and secure.