There’s no way around it–relocating for work can be a tough thing to do. When you’ve found that great new hire and you’re asking them to relocate, it’s important to set them up for success. Starting early to develop a relocation plan for a positive experience can be a crucial part of recruiting and retaining great talent.
Even if you haven’t hired a new employee yet, you can get started on a company plan for relocation. If you’re open to bringing in people from outside your local area, being ready with all the details can be the first step in creating a positive experience for your next out-of-town hire.
Your new employee will have questions about where to live, what kind of community they’re going to find when they arrive, as well as, finances and tax implications. With a plan ready, you can build a strong foundation for a good working relationship. This plan should start with identifying a great relocation concierge service, like Gillian Cunningham Realty Group, who can support your employee and your company by handling the many details that come up along the way.
Companies like Gillian Cunningham Realty Group can structure housing trips ahead of your employee’s start date to help your new employee identify a great community that fits their lifestyle. In addition to assisting with the important process of purchasing a new home, Gillian Cunningham Realty Group can provide your new employee with information on area youth activities, school selection, and temporary housing, if needed.
Once onboard, check in with your new hire as they get settled in to see if they need any extra help acclimating to their new community, or better yet, set them up with a mentor. Simply having someone around who can give local recommendations can go a long way toward making new employees feel welcomed into their new workplace. A mentor can also serve as a point person to bring up any questions surrounding the reimbursement process or other more specific details. Keeping the lines of communication open and staying organized can start everyone off on the right foot and help you retain your out-of-town talent for the long haul.
(Article by Gillian Cunningham of Gillian Cunningham Realty Group. For more Real Estate Tips, visit www.GillianCunningham.com or AskGillianCunningham on Instagram and Facebook.)
Employees may be hesitant to move for all kinds of reasons. Leaving a home can be a difficult thing to do, especially for employees with families. Here are a few of the major relocation challenges your employee may face as they consider their next move.
Their family may struggle with relocation. Partners may need to find a new job and children will need to make new friends. Sometimes employees may be unable or unwilling to move away from family or children, as in the case of shared custody. Supporting your employee with a transition plan can help make the struggles their family faces easier.
Compensation may not be enough. Considering all the factors, your employee may be concerned that their compensation may not be enough to maintain their current lifestyle after they move. This can be due to general cost-of-living increases, the loss of a partner’s income, or a significant change in the cost of education or childcare. It’s important to plan for these changes as you make policy decisions around relocating your employees.
There’s no plan for packing and moving. It can be expensive to hire movers and packers, and moving without professional help can be a monumental task. Employees who do not have support in the packing and moving process may struggle to manage the details alone. Ideally, the moving process should begin 3-6 months ahead of the planned relocation but at least 2 weeks should be allowed to ensure movers can be scheduled.
Finding a new home can be difficult. Identifying the right location in a new city is a hard thing to do. Without support, employees can feel as though they are simply making their best guess. It’s important for employees to feel as though they can identify great housing in an area that fits their needs and lifestyle.
At Gillian Cunningham Realty we want to help you make the relocation process as smooth as possible for your employees. Through our concierge services, we can simplify the process of finding the right place to live while providing integration assistance and streamlining access to movers, nanny services, youth activities, and more. We’re here to help support your employees during their whole relocation, through planning, purchasing, and settling into their new home.