Rick Bruce

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What Should be Included in a Relocation Package?

You offer a relocation package that HR and senior management believes to be outstanding. But, is it really attractive to current employees or new hires? Are you sure your relocation package is comparable to your primary competitors' programs? Sometimes, a relocation program appears to be attractive, but doesn't resonate with the affected employees. They may be reluctant to offer their real

What Do you Need to Know Before Writing a Relocation Letter?

Relocation letters have two primary purposes. Fortunately, you need not spend hours researching data or statistics to get the information you need to create a good relocation letter of understanding. The two major features of relocation letters accomplish these goals. Inform the employee or new hire about the terms of the relocation. Motivate the transferee to have positive feelings about their

The Hidden Cost of Losing Key Talent During a Group Move

There are many corporate relocation costs to consider before a group move. Typically, easily quantifiable, up-front corporate relocation expenses are foremost in the minds of management and HR staff. Rarely is the cost of losing key talent considered.  Find out everything you need to know for an effective, low-stress relocation in our Low-Stress Relocation Guide. Here are just a few of the added

Use Tiers to Avoid Exceptions in Your Corporate Relocation Policy

Many companies view a tiered corporate relocation policy as more work. It's true that your HR staff will have to take the time, and may enlist the help of a corporate relocation management company, to establish fair and appropriate tiers based on employee salaries or job levels and set the benefits offered in a corporate relocation package within each tier. But once that's done, a tiered policy

Relocating Transferees and Their Families -- Special Considerations for Your Corporate Policy

You can develop a well-crafted relocation policy that reflects your corporate financial goals and complies with Federal tax regulations. It can promote successful relocations and assure a quick return to productivity for your transferee. Whatever the fine points of your corporate relocation policy, you also need to address the issues involved in relocating an entire family versus a single

What Information Do you Need Before Writing a Relocation Letter of Understanding?

Relocation letters have two primary purposes. Fortunately, you need not spend hours researching data or statistics to get the information you need to create a good relocation letter of understanding. The two major features of relocation letters accomplish these goals. Inform the employee or new hire about the terms of the relocation Motivate the transferee to have positive feelings about their

Global Mobility Specialist (GMS®) Certification - What Is It?

Brian Shea, accepting his GMS certification from Laura and Peggy from WERC. The Global Mobility Specialist (GMS®) certification identifies professionals involved in the employee relocation arena as being well-trained in global workforce mobility.  The GMS® designation includes courses for initial certification and continuing education, which focus on both traditional and current global

Common Concerns from Employees in a Corporate Relocation

Employee relocation generates numerous concerns on the part of transferees. Employers who proactively address these concerns in their relocation policy minimize or eliminate most of them. Find out more about developing relocation policies in our free guide. Among the seemingly infinite list of questions and concerns are: Common Concerns This brief listing is in no particular order of importance,

Real Estate Services To Offer During an Executive Relocation

Executive relocation programs should focus on real estate services, since these issues are primary concerns of most transferred executives. Real estate-related services can take many varied and diverse forms. Executives often have similar, but more extensive, needs and concerns than do other transferees. Their homes tend to be upscale, making them more difficult to sell quickly for price

7 Keys to Employee Relocation: A Cheat Sheet for HR Managers

Your relocation program can help or hinder your efforts to hire and/or retain talented employees. A competitive relocation package is a necessity, as there is often a natural reluctance for some employees and/or their families to move to a new location. The Human Relocation Factor It is imperative that you design a relocation package that addresses and minimizes employee and HR personnel stress.