Helping Your Employee Prepare For Their Relocation

A company’s most valuable, important, and often overlooked, asset is its employees. Successful companies realize how important employee satisfaction is to keep their employees happy, and as stress-free as possible. This is the case especially when considering a corporate relocation – whether it’s permanent or a temporary assignment. Helping your employee successfully prepare their relocation will ensure they can settle-in faster, and get back to their successful work within your company. In this article, we will outline the aspects considered to be vital in preparing your employee for a successful corporate relocation. Moving to a different part of the country or abroad can be a big adjustment. Read these tips to ensure a smooth transition and a productive employee.

Sufficient Time

When you decide to relocate an employee on either a permanent or temporary assignment, be sure to allow sufficient time, for both your company, as well as the employee. This may include allowing time for planning the relocation, moving time for the employee, as well as time for the employee to transition to the new environment. This refers to getting accustomed to any cultural differences that may be present, and being familiar with the new location.

Effective Communication

Communication with your employee throughout the process of relocation is the key to success. Informing your employee of details, or changes, and being specific is very important. If anything is overlooked, this may impact your employee and cause disruptions in the relocation process. Miscommunication is a big thing you will want to avoid because it can lead to costly mistakes, possible delays, and other issues. Many companies try to prevent miscommunication by hiring a professional relocation company, like TransferEASE Relocation, which provides many benefits to employers. It is the job of a relocation company to provide assistance and ultimately, communicate clearly with your employees.

Ask Questions

An employer should never be afraid of starting a discussion and being the one to ask questions to its employees to determine if he/she is going to be a good fit. The employees may be hesitant to ask some important questions regarding the relocation themselves. Therefore, if you begin the discussion, all their questions will be answered and they will feel more confident about their relocation. They may not be readily approving of everything at first, but addressing and answering their questions will ease their minds. This will also save the company a costly mistake of relocating the wrong person.

Help, help, help

You can provide several resources and tools to help your employee. This can include things like: moving resources, moving checklists, etc. The more you try to help your employees out, the more comfortable they will feel regarding the relocation. This is where a professional relocation company, such as TransferEASE Relocation, can be a real time-saver for whoever is relocating the employee, whether it’s Human Resources, the owner, etc. At TransferEASE Relocation, we can help with various aspects such as: work permits, visa and immigration, cross cultural and language training, financial advice, as well as spousal and family assistance. Most employees may decline relocation due to their current housing situation. If you offer attractive incentives and some guarantees, the employee will feel more comfortable focusing on his or her role. By having the help of a professional relocation firm, both you and the employee will be able to overcome any obstacles and have a stress-free relocation process.

Encourage Opportunities

A good way to prepare your employee is to encourage opportunities. It is important to note that this is a mutually beneficial step. Employees want to feel valued, so letting them know that this new position fits their unique strengths can get them excited. They will also feel confident that they will be successful at their new role. If it’s a leadership role they are taking on as a promotion or a role with more responsibilities, it lets them know that you are investing in them as well as the process and assistance for their successful relocation. It also implies you want them to be a big part of the growth of your company in a stable and successful way!

Choosing the best candidate and preparing them for the Global Assignment is a monumental task. Global assignments require a great deal of preparation and we can help you. If you are relocating to or from Canada, TransferEASE Relocation can help. We are proud members of CERC and are an ISO 9001:2008 registered corporation. At TransferEASE Relocation, our knowledgeable relocation experts can help guide your relocation from start to finish, with care and attention. Call us today to speak to a representative!