I was honored to recently speak about employee relocation to HR professionals at High Profile Staffing group in Dallas, TX. High Profile Staffing supports companies searching for talent in the DFW area and focuses in many business verticals including HR. This team recently celebrated 30 years in business and continues to add value for their clients as a resource. One particular resource is with round tables.
Round tables are a great way to learn new insight as well as expand your network with other professionals in your industry. We discussed some of the different relocation lanes to consider and how each one will provide different experience from lump sums to full outsource. We also discussed some of the potholes and ways to detour your program if needed. Following the presentation, I had some time to answer questions from the attendees. As I reflected on the presentation, I thought about some of the questions we discussed and how others that manage relocation might also have similar questions. My mission has always been to learn, grow, and share with others so we can all drive better results.
Here are 3 questions you might also have as you manage your mobility.
- Do I need a policy if I only move a few employees? It doesn’t matter if you have 2 or 22 relocations, policies are needed to not only define expectations when relocating, but also create consistency to maintain trust in the organization. Policies include household goods parameters, relocation support, and can also include payback agreement information. Exceptions can always be made, and policies can be updated as needed.
- What are some common threads for a good partnership? Great partnerships usually result in great experiences for families relocating because everyone works together. Some common threads include: responsiveness, open communication, easy access, and a collaborative environment reviewing metrics and sharing resources.
- What is a good recovery plan strategy to assist employees that are having a bad experience relocating? Depending on the issue, you may want to collaborate with your relocation partner to discuss strategies on assisting employees and the family relocating. Many times you can’t do anything about the past, but you can control where you are now and finish with a positive experience. Then follow up with a gift card to treat the family to dinner or other means to show you care. The key is responding quickly to make the transition as smooth as possibly through delivery.
Does this help you? What other questions do you have? Do you have a relocation resource? One of the areas you might consider getting involved in WorldwideERC. There are chapters all over the US including Dallas, Texas. The Dallas chapter is called NTRP which stands for North Texas Relocation Professionals. This is a group of relocation professionals that meets 4-5 times annually for educational meetings and networking.
Call to action: Send questions to HR professionals in your network, to get their feedback or check out NTRP website for upcoming meetings. http://www.northtexasrelocationprofessionals.org Let me know if I can be a resource or help you get involved to grow your network in mobility!
This has been “A Relocation Minute” on “Round Tables” with Bruce Waller, for more information on relocation resources call 972-389-5673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.