Don’t Let It Bug You – How this one strategy can change the game in HR and Talent Management!

In the late 1800s, the boll weevil arrived in the US from Mexico. As it ate its way across the south, it arrived in Alabama around 1910, decimating cotton crops in its wake. Taking the advice of Tuskegee Institute’s George Washington Carver, some farmers began to diversify their planting to include peanuts and other crops. By following his advice, farmers around Enterprise, AL, rebounded from economic disaster and reaped the largest peanut harvest in the nation! Their fortunes changed in a single planting season, thanks to a bug.

In 1919, in the middle of Main Street, the town erected a monument of a Greek female figure standing atop a pedestal, surrounded by a fountain, holding a giant boll weevil over her head. The inscription reads: “In profound appreciation of the Boll Weevil and what it has done as the Herald of Prosperity.”

If a boll weevil can solve a financial disaster in Enterprise, AL, imagine this perspective for a problem you might be facing today!

– story by David R. Nelson, CCO, Armstrong Relocation and Companies

This story reminds me of the opportunities we have each day in HR and talent management as we continue to support  and elevate the onboarding experience when an employee relocation is involved. Things continue to change and evolve and we must adapt along the way.

What’s the one thing that can change the game? Diversification!

Recruiting and Relocation is not a “one size fits all” and DIVERSIFICATION can change the game for your company when selecting and retaining the best talent.


Investing the time to visit with your relocation partner to explore options for business goal alignment is essential. Today, there are more options than ever for employee mobility which include container programs for small shipments to eliminate long delivery spreads, and self-managed programs for lump sum programs.

Millennial employee needs are often different than Gen X. Executives often need a more complex service than a new hire. Tiered policies continue to lead the way due to the different levels of relocation. All relocation’s are not created equal, but they can all enjoy a great experience if aligned with their personal need.

Call to Action: Do you have a diversified relocation program? Schedule a meeting with your relocation partner this month to confirm options to support your employees and alignment with your business goals. If you don’t have a partner, I am happy to share resources with your team for best candidate/employee experience.

Thought for the Day
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” (Winston Churchill, owner of 3 pet boll weevils).

This has been “A Relocation Minute ” on “Don’t let it bug you” with Bruce Waller, for more information on relocation resources, call 972-389-5673, or email Follow me on Twitter too!

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