In my latest book, “Find Your Lane”, I share a story about when my two year old daughter got out of her car seat and put my vehicle in gear only to roll into and damage a new car in the dealership parking lot. I had just told my four year old son to watch his sister while I stepped out of my vehicle for a few seconds. When I asked him why he let her get out of her car seat, he said “I didn’t know she could drive”. After smiling, I realized that I had control over the situation and needed to be accountable for the situation.
As HR professionals handling mobility, we must also take ownership when we see something that needs to be adjusted or changed for a family relocating. Many times I hear someone comment they only give our employees $3,000 or $5,000 for their relocation and let them handle the moving. Unfortunately a household goods move will probably cost between $5,000 and $10,000 on the average. What about the other relocation needs for the employee such as lease breakage, temp housing, or a home finding trip?
If you are relocating a candidate just out of college, then a U-Haul move or small moving budget may be in order. But if you are helping a family of any size, there is probably more assistance needed from the household goods move to new home search to possibly childcare.
So what can you do when helping your next employee relocating?
- Ask a colleague or friend for a referral to help your teammates. Some companies can provide more relocation support along with additional services added with no extra cost.
- Update your policy. Don’t just settle because someone else has always done it that way. If you feel it’s important, let your team know the results or outcome a change could bring.
- Ask for options. Ask questions when your employee needs better transit time or a tighter budget for self-packing. Many times there are options that could elevate the experience while maintaining or even reducing costs. If not, the awareness is out there.
“The first step in leadership is not action, its understanding.” (John W Gardner)
Call to action: Reach out this month to benchmark your current policy. There may be some cost savings or benefits to add for a better experience.
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