Published on September 23, 2011

Open communication during the relocation process is a must for relocating employeesA large scale relocation can be a stressful time for your HR staff and relocating employees. Managing company relocation expenses during a group move, including hidden company relocation costs, while halting the employee rumor mill before it starts is crucial. One company relocation expense you may not consider is the cost of plummeting company morale before, during and after a group move.

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Practicing good communication from start to finish can encourage a faster return-to-productivity, raise morale, and improve employee retention following a move. And with today's technology, there's no excuse not to communicate clearly and consistently with your employees. Here are a few ways to do it.

Face-to-face meetings

No one really likes meetings, but sometimes they're a necessary evil. Keep them short, and involve only key personnel to keep the meeting on target and moving at a fast pace. Have a planned agenda, stick to it, and leave time at the end for questions. This should be the starting point, but it's important to use other communication techniques to disseminate information to other employees.

Newsletters, Emails and Memos

Written communication alleviates some of the ambiguity that can come about from the spoken word. Keep employees apprised of specific deadlines and group move progress.

Group Move Website Portal

During every group move, CapRelo establishes a communication and information portal where employees can check in to view important news related to the move or status reports about their own relocation. Leveraging technology to keep employees in the loop can help alleviate some of the hidden corporate relocation costs associated with a group move.

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