Employees are continually striving for a better work-life balance. A 2015 Ernst & Young survey on work-life challenges across generations found that 33% of full-time employees globally believe it has gotten more difficult to manage work and family over the past five years.
An employee relocation can negatively impact the work-life balance. But an employee relocation package designed to facilitate a low-stress move can help. What are some things you can address in your policy to help ensure your transfer has a successful, low-stress relocation?
- Offer scouting trips and tours designed to help relocating employees acclimate to their new environment.
- If possible, offer flexibility during the move. Employees with families may prefer to wait until the end of the school year to make the move. Keeping the employees at your home office during that time will help save money on temporary housing and also reduce employee stress.
- Connect with a corporate relocation management company with a broad network of supply chain partners who can assure the logistics of the moving day go smoothly. Packing and moving is stressful enough, but knowing the transport of the possessions is in good hand can provide some peace of mind.
- Provide adequate paid time off following the move for unpacking and settling in.
- Design relocation packages that minimize your employees' concern about the costs of the move.
Implementing a relocation package that respect transferees' work-life balance during a move will create happier employees, improve employee retention and ensure a faster return to full productivity.