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What Does a Relocation Package Include?

Posted by Amy Mergler on Thu, Feb 09, 2017

home-relocation-1.pngDue to changes in the economic climate, many companies looked to cut costs by offering full relocation benefits packages primarily to higher-level employees, with newer hires and those on the lower rungs of the corporate ladder often left to manage the details (including many unreimbursed expenses) for themselves. In some organizations, employees were reimbursed only after the move for any but the most basic moving expenses. However, smart companies looking to recruit and retain top talent, are realizing the advantages of offering relocation expense coverage for even newer hires.

Learn more about developing relocation policies in our free guide. 

Many organizations either designate an in-house relocation manager to help oversee the move from beginning to end or, increasingly, turn this complex job over to a professional relocation management company.

What can today’s transferee expect in a relocation package? Much will vary based on position within the company, the industry and the location. However, in most standard relocation packages, a transferee can usually expect his or her company to offer some, or all, of the following provisions:

  • House hunting expense reimbursement for a new residence, which may also include childcare costs enabling parents to focus on the business of finding a residence without the distraction of little ones. Most companies pay for at least one or two house hunting trips in the new location.
  • Real estate and rental expenses for selling an existing residence are also covered by most employers as a basic benefit. These expenses usually include agent sales commissions and related fees, closing costs, transfer taxes and fees and other moving-related expenses. For renters who may need to break a lease, the company will reimburse for any penalties incurred.
  • Moving household goods between the old and new location, including packing, transporting, insuring and setting up furnishings and other goods in the destination location.
  • Storage expenses for household furnishings until a new residence is ready for move-in, usually for 30 to 90 days, depending on the policy and individual circumstances.
  • Transportation to the new location, whether airfare or reimbursement of mileage if the trip can be made by auto. For longer hauls when a transferee must travel by air or train, companies will often reimburse the costs of moving a personal auto to the new destination.
  • Temporary living expenses, such as interim rental housing for 30 to 90 days (depending on policy and individual circumstances), upon arrival to enable the transferee to meet critical starting deadlines.
  • Miscellaneous expenses associated with the relocation. These could include unexpected out-of-pocket expenses, costs of meals en route to the final destination as well as well as during house hunting, spouse employment assistance, new driver’s license and other fees charged by the new state or country, as well as for childcare, eldercare and other dependent care costs.

While it’s still true that the higher the level of an employee’s status within an organization, the more comprehensive and inclusive will be the relocation package, more savvy companies are offering to underwrite relocation costs even for newer employees as a means of attracting and keeping their top talent. Each company has its own benefit structure and policies vary, so potential transferees need to understand from the outset what is and isn't included (but could be negotiable) to secure the best deal on relocation packages.

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Topics: relocation packages, job relocation, standard relocation package, employee relocation

Job Relocation: Why Employers Should Invest in Language Training

Posted by Jim Retzer on Tue, Jul 22, 2014

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For an employee, being relocated by his or her employer can be an unnerving process. Yet millions of people move every year at management's request, some of them moving globally to a place where the primary language spoken is different. Your employees will likely face language barriers, cultural barriers, perhaps even discrimination depending on where they are moving to and from. An global move must be managed very carefully, paying close attention to the needs of the person(s) being moved; language training is one very important part of the relocation process.

Find out more about managing global relocations in our free article.

Why Language Training?

It is not difficult to imagine what it would be like to be dropped into a country where you don’t speak the language. There is nothing worse than being lost in every sense in a foreign place. At the very least, one should have some idea of the language well in advance of leaving. Learning to speak a new language is a challenge at best for 99.9% of adults but there are accelerated learning programs available if one’s employer is willing to invest in courses for employees being moved.

Who Benefits?

Who benefits from language training? All parties involved benefit in one way or another. For the employee being moved, language training more fully prepares them for living and working in another country. The better they communicate with their new co-workers, the quicker they will be able to resume work and get back to full productivity. Struggling with the language can be costly in man hours spent correcting issues created by poor communication. Employees feel less stressed with fewer cultural and lingual barriers, and employers benefit from increased productivity as a result. There will be fewer complaints if all parties are speaking and understanding local language and culture, lessening the negative effects of an international relocation.

The Bottom Line

Every dollar invested in language training for employees who are relocating to another part of the world is a dollar well spent. The return on investment in cases such as these is profound. Not only does the employer retain an employee, they relocate a well-prepared employee who will be ready to hit the ground running once the relocation is complete. The employee is happy, his/her new co-workers are happy that their new peer speaks their language. Communication errors are less of a risk and productivity can resume without too much culture shock when the employee is prepared for it ahead of time. Language training: it’s a win-win proposition.

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Topics: job relocation, language training, relocating employees, international relocation services, global mobility, global relocation

Job Relocation: One of Life's Biggest Stresses

Posted by Tamara Bianchi on Fri, Jul 22, 2011

If you've ever moved, you understand the stress involved. In fact, many studies cite moving as one of the top five most stressful event in someone's life, behind death of a loved one, divorce, and illness. When people move due to job relocation, the stress can be compounded by pressure to return to work in a timely manner and, even more importantly, be productive on the job immediately.

What are some of the factors that can make job relocation stressful?

  • Concerns about household goods arriving on time and in tact
  • Getting children established in a new school
  • Meeting members of the community, finding networking organizations, a church, and charity groups to participate in
  • Finding afterschool activities for the children
  • Acclimating spouse to the new community
  • Spouse finding a new job and/or temporarily living apart from spouse
  • Filing change of address paperwork, changing license, etc.
  • Utility hook-ups
  • Feeling displaced in temporary housing
  • Selling a home
  • Purchasing a new home/mortgage approval process

It's a lot to think about, isn't it?

Job Relocation from the Employers' Perspective
From the perspective of the Human Resources staff that is trying to manage all these details for not just one, but several (or dozens, or even hundreds of employees), the process becomes even more stressful. How can you keep so many employees with diverse needs and desires happy?

When you hire CapRelo as your full-service relocation management company, it's our job to provide top-level, personalized service to every employee during their job relocation. We provide the tools, technology, experience, and industry connections so that employees will get fast answers to their pressing questions. We foresee—and fix—issues before they become problems.

Human resource professionals have many duties, but at CapRelo, we have just one focus. And that's to make every job relocation low-stress for employers and employees alike.

Topics: job relocation, relocating employees, relocation management company

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