Published on February 12, 2013

Finding temporary housing for your employees is about more than just selecting a suitable place to live when they arrive at their new location. It's also about having a relocation policy that makes your employee's life easier, makes your life easier, and encourages many years of goodwill and hard work from your employee.

Using temporary housing is a multi-pronged solution that involves more than just finding an adequate way place to live! What's important is moving your employee in such a way that he or she feels well taken-care of, without spending time and energy that you could more profitably spend elsewhere.

Making Life Easy for Employees Undergoing Relocation

Relocating is never easy for anyone – even when their new job provides much better pay, benefits, or other conditions. The employee relocation process is a critical step in moving your business forward. The way your employee is handled – and what he or she communicates about this to fellow employees – is critical. It's not an exaggeration to say that picking the right relocation company now is an investment in your company's future.

It's important to make things as easy on your employee as possible, so that he or she can focus on their new position as quickly as possible – and with 100% of his or her energies. In the long term, it's also important for your employee to feel well cared-for by the process. The way that you handle relocation now will affect how your employee relates to you in the future, and also how he or she influences other employees to relate to you.

A good relocation policy will provide:

  • Adequate housing (or choice of housing) within an acceptable distance from the employee's new place of work.
  • Close and accessible storage for items that can't be moved into temporary housing.
  • Assistance moving from the original place of residence into temporary housing.
  • Assistance moving from the temporary housing location to permanent housing.

This last point is where many employers (and, unfortunately, relocation companies) drop the ball. It's easy to forget that the employee's relocation is not actually done with when they reach their new location and begin work. For the employee, it isn't truly over until they move into permanent housing.

This can cause a "hiccup" in their performance several months after relocation – one that can sometimes reduce the employee's overall morale, loyalty, and production. There are several ways to handle this transition out of temporary housing; the most important thing is that it is addressed so that your employee is able to spend the majority of his or her energies on work (for the short-to-medium term) and feels cared about in a way that is also communicated to subordinates and co-workers (for the long term).

Making Life Easy for You

Perhaps the chief reason employers seek help from outside relocation agencies is simply because it's easier, and will take less time. Unfortunately, the majority of relocation companies complicate the process: a system with too many moving parts, too many points of contact and/or a supposedly single point of contact that seems to rotate every few weeks – or days!

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Your life will be much easier if you can find a service provider that will provide you with a single point of contact. Your point of contact needs to be able to answer every question you have - or at the very least, be able to know exactly where to get the answer, and get back to you quickly. But a relocation service can only provide you with this solution if they have adequate experience in the industry, and can leverage relationships and services from a number of sources.