America is a portable society. One in each of five families moves each year, according to an article by Economic Research Institute. A significant number of these moves align with the organization for which one of the family members works. These movements might be to an area significantly past the current driving distance, an alternate state, or a far-off country. The representative might be a fresh recruit or an existing worker at any level, to a top executive.
Movement Includes Costs, Both Money-Related and Psychological. Money-Related Expenses Include:
- Selling and purchasing houses
- Transporting household goods and personal items
- Temporary lodging
- Immigration and tax expenses
While financial costs are essential in relocation, it is also the interruption and disruption of the employee’s life and their family. The movement from one city to another is life-changing and is one of the top stress producing events in someone’s life. It is imperative that the company supports and assists the employee with the adjustment to their new location. A relocation failure is not only a waste of a company’s money, but it also might mean the loss of a valued employee.
A smooth move will result in a more productive employee and make the adaption of the family to the new community seamless. While it’s never easy, there are tips for making your next employee relocation experience straightforward and easier.
- Be Clear About Relocation Policies
Relocation is a significant life event that effects not only the employee but his or her family life as well. Each party should feel the interaction is reasonable, particularly about the relocation policy being provided. Having clear and well communicated policies forestalls false impressions and improves the probability of a successful move.
Workers need to realize what’s paid for and what is not. They need to learn the organization’s relocation policy and benefits, and they need the data recorded to them in a letter of understanding. This shields you from false impressions that emerge in verbal arrangements, and it provides a prepared reference to representatives.
- Manufacture Relocation Partnerships That Add Value
Develop partnerships with relocation organizations that can help you navigate the relocation process and provide guidance on appropriate policy benefits.
Banding together with WHR Group, Inc. (WHR) would be advantageous. WHR adds consistency for your employees which provides equity to the relocation process and keeps your relocation budgets to the spending estimates.
- Think about Cost-of-Living Differences
There is an obvious difference in cost living in a city like San Francisco versus a mid-market city like Grand Rapids, MI. Are you prepared to address such living differentials with either a relocation bonus, COLA (Cost of Living Differential), salary adjustment or a combination of all? It will be needed if you want a productive and satisfied employee.
- Move Employees Who Embrace Change
What tools are you utilizing to ensure you have an employee that is open to change and wants to make the move. Have you implemented any testing or evaluations to determine an employee’s appetite for change? More importantly is the employee’s spouse and/or family interested in a relocation?
- Make a Solid Plan
Having a marketable strategy, outlining the course of events, financial planning, and other significant subtleties will assist with saving you significant challenges down the line.
- Engage Employees with Resources
Plan your relocation benefits so they assist employees with feeling enabled and empowered. Share an outline of neighborhoods near the work area or office assists the employees with narrowing their quest for homes or living arrangements. Better yet, provide a look-see visit for the employee and spouse so they can tour the location and picture their family living in the new city.
- Have Kindness and Patience
One of the more practical corporate relocation tips is to have compassion and patience. It is not difficult to fall into the pressure that accompanies a significant move, so make sure you are dealing with empathetic partners that can appreciate the stress an employee is undertaking.
- Permit Enough Time
Lastly, time is something that we never appear to have enough of, so we recommend giving extra for the significant move. While the move will take time, not providing a plan or days to complete the move will make for an unproductive employee and they will end up wasting time at work to complete their personal move.
Realize that though this won’t be a stroll in the park, it is certainly something that can be cultivated effectively.
WHR can assist with guaranteeing your worker movements are smooth and consistent. As well as applying these corporate movement tips, dive deeper into WHR relocation solutions and how they can help assist in moving your workers.