Small Gestures Create Big Results When Relocating Employees
Moving is stressful and can limit the production capabilities of your workers. Assisting with housing, transportation, and culture shifts can make relocating employees easier, and get them back up to pre-move productivity faster. In fact, with a few small gestures, it’s possible they may even exceed their previous productivity levels.
Here are some ideas on how to take an employee from Connecticut to the Corporate Offices without reducing the quality of their work.
First things first… Shelter. Whether it’s a house, apartment, or a pet-friendly condo, Your employee needs a place to lay their head. Assist them in finding new digs with some advance notice, a little bit of cash, and a reason to relocate.
Give Them Enough Time | Knowing the move is coming provides a chance to plan around it. This, in turn, means less stress and that a transitional moving process can take place. It can also be less costly than putting your employees up in a hotel until they find permanent housing. If the option is available, giving employees notice that they are relocating with a few months window means less emotional strain and better work. This is huge in helping people get out of a lease, sell their current home, or rehome a pet.
Provide Monetary Assistance | Money can make the unavoidable sweeter. When relocating an employee, if you can’t provide them with ample time to move, then a hotel room for a couple months free of charge, or a transplant allowance are much appreciated (especially for big moves). It also helps to factor the cost of living into their wages. While consolidating all workers to a single location might be viable for a company, the cost of living near the new offices might be higher or even unaffordable. Figuring out how the cost of living might change for your employees can offer them a huge relief.
Make Sure They Have a Clear Reason to Relocate | Do your employees want to relocate? Are you forcing them to move? Did you even ask? Is this work that could be done remotely, and can remote work save your company money? If there is some incentive for employees to move, like a raise that matches the adjusted cost of living, then an employee who doesn’t want to volunteer to move might jump at the opportunity. Considering your employees’ needs as part of the equation will make them feel valued and avoid creating a disengaged employee.
How is your employee coming down from Connecticut? Caring about how they get from point A to point B shows genuine concern for your employees.
Once they’re in the new city, do they know how to get to work or even where the parking garage is? Sending a car the first day to show them the way, or putting together a welcome package with pamphlets about places to see in the area, the best restaurants, and public transportation options is a fun way to encourage familiarity. You might want to provide them “newcomer” experiences. For example, a train ride out to the Longwood gardens and Conservatory or an all-day pass to the Met, the Mo Ma, and the Guggenheim can showcase what the City of Philadelphia has to offer. Getting around a new city can be disorientating, so helping to make that city home helps reduce stress.
As defined as your company culture is, there are slight variants from office to office. What made the culture at the employee’s old office so great, and can they bring some of that spark to the new office? While a good deal of cultural compatibility relies on hiring great employees, a small welcome to the new office culture can be helpful. This can be achieved through interoffice interactions, like lunches or games, but can also be initiated in mission statements. It helps to integrate people into the ‘vibe’ by making sure that they know they are a valuable member of the team. Positive affirmations and team building exercises are a wonderful way to start that collaboration.
Moving is tough, and relocating employees can create productivity losses if the employees stressed about moving, getting around a new city, or adjusting to a new office culture. There are a lot of ways to prepare them for the move, but integrating them into the company, city, and culture are some of the most valuable ways you can make their lives easier. From that comes productivity because unstressed employees do great work.