Approximately 37 percent of workers say that they are willing to relocate anywhere in the world in order to find a better job.
As an employer, you can increase the number of recruits who are willing to relocate for you by stepping in to make the process easier for workers and their families.
If you’re bringing in new employees from different parts of the country (or different countries altogether), there are lots of things you can do to help them feel at home.
Read on for nine tips that will help you to simplify the process of relocating new employees.
1. Be Transparent
One of the best things you can do for your new employee — before they sign any employment contracts or agree to make the move — is to be 100 percent transparent about your employee relocation process.
Provide them with clear information regarding the specific aspects of the move that your business will fund and what they will have to pay for on their own.
Be clear about what’s included in the relocation package, too. You don’t want your employee to start things off on a bad note because they were misinformed about how you handle employee relocation, right?
2. Learn About Them and Their Needs
Get to know your new employee.
Talk to them on the phone or via webcam and learn about their interests, family life, and what their top priorities are when it comes to finding a new home and getting settled in a new place.
Find out what’s most important to them when it comes to choosing a place to live and whether they need access to any particular types of grocery stores or cultural amenities.
You may want to ask about the type of school they plan to send their children to as well.
3. Offer Assistance with Essentials
Do what you can to help your employee handle the essential aspects of a move before they arrive. This includes basic things like setting up a bank account, transferring their health insurance, and getting their kids enrolled in school.
Get your HR department involved to make it easy for your new employee to get these tedious but necessary tasks taken care of as early as possible. That way, when they arrive, they’ll be able to hit the ground running.
4. Hire Movers
Save your new employee the headache of having to hire and make arrangements for movers.
Plan ahead and schedule moving professionals to help them get their belongings moved safely and efficiently from one place to another.
Remember, moving is one of the most stressful experiences a person can have. Hiring movers can make the process much less stressful, though.
5. Provide Basic Information on Your City
To help your new employee plan for the move, you may want to send them some basic information regarding your city.
You can include some essential housekeeping information in this file, such as apartment rules and regulations and information on setting up their internet.
Don’t forget to feature some fun facts, too. Let them know your favorite restaurants, parks, or places to take kids on the weekends. They’ll appreciate the extra gesture and see that you don’t expect them to just live at the office.
6. Let Them Know You’re Available
Be sure to let your new employee know that you’re available to answer questions and help them through all the steps associated with relocation.
Provide them with phone numbers for you and representatives from your HR department.
Make sure they know that they have support at your business and will not have to deal with issues like immigration and finding housing all on their own.
7. Arrange a Visit
Giving new employees basic information on the city is helpful. You might also want to consider arranging for them to visit in-person before they relocate.
Planning a quick trip to introduce them to the city can go a long way when it comes to helping them feel more comfortable and know what to expect when they finally move here for good.
Arranging a visit is also a good way to seal the deal and get someone who’s been on the fence sold on the idea of working for you.
8. Offer Housing Assistance
One of the most important things new employees want to know more about when they move to a new city is where they’re going to live.
By setting your new employee up with temporary housing, you can relieve a lot of stress associated with a move and make it easier for them to settle in and feel comfortable in your city.
Even if you can’t arrange for temporary housing directly, you can at least provide your new employee with a list of temporary housing options. Don’t leave them scrambling to try and find a place online the day they arrive.
9. Arrange “Spousal Support”
If your new employee is relocating with their spouse and children, do what you can to help them feel comfortable in their new city, too.
Maybe you can arrange a get-together with them and your own spouse and children.
If that’s not an option, you could also learn some information about their family and gather some resources to help them get settled. For example, if you know that your new employee has a young child, maybe you could provide them with some information on pre-schools or daycare centers in the area.
Need More Help Relocating New Employees?
As you can see, there are lots of strategies you can use to help your new employees relocate and get settled into their new environment.
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be sure to have happy employees on your staff who are ready to work and excited about the opportunities available to them.
Do you need more assistance in relocating your employees? Do you want to make sure they feel comfortable once they’ve arrived in their new location?
If so, be sure to check out this article on improving the onboarding process at your business. These tips will help you ensure that every new recruit feels welcome.