How Do I Relocate an Employee?

In a perfect world, your ideal employee already lives nearby. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, the person you want to hire needs to move to take the job. Whether this person is a new employee or an existing one, it’s important to follow these tips for a successful employee relocation!

How do I relocate an employee?

Don’t sugar coat the new gig

Your new or existing employee is moving their entire life to take this job. It is crucial that you’re honest about what their work life will be like once they move. Don’t downplay struggles at the company or pain points with their position. Waiting for them to find out about these issues would be much more detrimental than having the tough conversations up front.

Cover the basics

To help the employee understand what to expect with their position at your company make sure you go over their family information, information on the city they’re moving to and other factors such as commute time.

Put together a relocation package

Most employers offer some sort of job relocation package. Expenses covered and amount varies depending on company policies, position, and circumstances of the move. However, the majority of basic relocation packages include:

  • Moving, storing and transporting belongings
  • Some housing costs
  • Utility coverage

Your personalized employee relocation package could also include extra perks like:

  • Buying out their current home through a guaranteed buyout program
  • Covering family expenses like childcare and the employee’s spouse’s job hunting
  • Professional packing and unpacking service
  • Lodging for temporary housing
  • Transporting pets
  • Shipping vehicles

Help them feel at home

Once they’ve accepted the position and the relocation package you’ve put together, it’s time for them to actually make the move. The first few months after relocating are going to be busy and most likely stressful. Their new job isn’t the only thing changing. They uprooted their family as well! Here are a few things you can do to help your new employee adjust:

  1. Be ready for them on their first day.
  2. Have happy hours or outings after work hours.
  3. Be flexible with their work schedule.
  4. Provide them with a mentor.
  5. Ask for their feedback.

To make this process easier for you, your company and the employee, get in touch with Wheaton. Moving is stressful on both parties, but the expert team at Wheaton can make the process easier, faster and more efficient. Contact us today!

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