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3 Tips for Building a Successful Employee Relocation Program

Posted by Janet Turner on May 14, 2016 3:00:00 PM


A business expansion is always exciting. It means that the hard work you've been doing is paying off, and your company is ready to broaden its horizons. However, that comes with its own set of challenges, especially when you're looking at expanding long distance or overseas. One important challenge is relocating employees who will be responsible for various operations at the new locations. Long-distance and overseas relocations are tricky, and it's important to have a solid program in place to ensure that they're done correctly. Take a look at some features you'll want to incorporate in your new employee relocation program.

Support for Local Obligations

Most of your relocating employees will have local obligations that will need to be dealt with before they can move. For example, they may own a home that will need to be sold, or they may have a lease that will have to be broken. These practical concerns have to be dealt with in order for any relocation program to be successful.

It's important to include the costs associated with these obligations in your budget. You can support your employees by covering the cost of ending a lease early or making up some or all of any loss your employee takes when selling their house. You can also partner with a local realtor for help finding buyers for employee homes.

Housing and Storage

Another practical consideration is finding housing for your employees at the new locations. Again, your company can partner with realtors in your new location or you can lean on a reputable Freight Forwarder that specializes in Household Good shipment and their team of partners to assist in these services to help employees scout out new homes, and you can provide financial support to make up the difference if your employees' housing costs will be considerably higher. You may also need to assist your employees in locating and securing temporary housing when they first arrive at their new location.


Give your workers a safe place to store their important belongings.

You'll also need to take your employees' storage needs into account. Employees in temporary housing will likely need to store some of their belongings until a more permanent situation is settled. If the housing market in the new location is such that it's difficult to secure permanent housing, then you will want to take that into account when deciding how long to provide storage for your employees.

Moving Considerations

One of the biggest issues that your employees will have to deal with is the actual act of moving their whole household to a new, far-off location. Luckily, there are many things that you can do to help.

Work with a reputable freight forwarding company that specializes in household goods to have your employee's possessions picked up and shipped to their new home for a reasonable cost and in a reliable time frame. It's usually simplest for the company to pay for these services directly, even if you plan on giving the employee a lump sum for moving costs. This is especially true if you'll be moving multiple employees from and to the same locations. Make sure that you take the cost and logistics of shipping employee vehicles into account when making your plans.

The smoother your employee relocation program is, the less your employee has to worry about, and the more effective they can be at their jobs. For more tips on successful employee relocation, follow us on Twitter.  In need of some assistance with relocating your employees internationally?  Click on the image below to request a free quote.


Topics: Logistics, Freight Forwarder, Corporate Relocation Services, International Moving Tips

Janet Turner

Written by Janet Turner

Janet Turner is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Accelerated International Forwarders.

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