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Taking the Stress Out of a Group Move

Posted by George Herriage on Tue, May 15, 2012

The challenge companies face is how to successfully move the business, while being able to maintain a continual level of business operations. If you are not able to maintain the same level of business that you are used to, you are going to lose revenue and potential customers. It's imperative to approach the group move the same way you would handle any other business decision, but with a relocation program it can be easier than ever before.

Defining the Objectives

It's hard to imagine a relocation being 'stress-free,' and it's inevitable that you're going to go through several phases of relocation that will pose a number of challenges and obstacles. You need to utilize the resources available in order to make everything go as smoothly as possible. Here are the critical steps that can be implemented through CapRelo for an office relocation.

  • Diagnose the current plans for the relocation process.
  • Make sure the policy is in line with the corporation’s goals and culture.
  • Make sure that the productivity of employees is not affected during the move.
  • Handle the logistics for the move in a low-stress manner.
  • Take the results and measure them to see how everything was handled.
  • Go through the process and make any adjustments for the next possible move.

Low Stress Relocation

There are three key stages for implementing the most stress-free move possible within your organization.

1. Planning. During this phase you will set out objectives for the move, as well as create the policies for the relocation and the packages that are going to help you achieve them. This involves some pretty heavy lifting: engaging the right suppliers, such as real estate agents and movers, creating policies, etc.

2. Execution. You don't want employee productivity to be affected by the office relocation. You want to manage the move appropriately and keep everything on time and within budget. This involves paying serious attention to communication and management--otherwise your relocated employees may feel like they've been left to fare on their own in the process. They have concerns about their goods being transported, their family being comfortable, and getting safely from one location to the next. Keeping in touch regularly and giving employees immediate attention keeps a situation from becoming a full-blown emergency.

3. Refinement. The move is complete. You can take surveys, polls or have face-to-face meetings to make sure your employees are situated and back to business as usual. Going over the relocation process in detail and getting insights from employees will strengthen morale and give you a better idea of what aspects could use improvement, if the company has the need for relocation in the future. It'll also help keep your company culture in tact by promoting discussion and feedback.

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Topics: group move, Buyer Value Option, employee transfer

Your Relocation Policy Should Address What Your Talent Wants Most

Posted by Barbara Miller on Thu, Sep 22, 2011

It's hard to achieve 100% in anything. For baseball players, getting on base 33% of the time makes them excellent in their field. But relocation isn't baseball. If you want to manage hidden corporate relocation costs and achieve a successful group move, retaining 33% of your employees just isn't enough. How can you improve your retention average with a better corporate relocation policy?

Address Key Employees' Biggest Concerns

Prior to a move, it's important to ascertain your key employees' biggest concerns about relocation. Are they worried about how aging parents will make the transition? Focused on finding the best schools for their kids? Apprehensive about whether or not their spouse will be able to find a job? Or the big one: selling their home in today's real estate market. These are just some of the worries relocating employees face.

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“Just Ask”

If you're planning a group move, you'll want to address your key employees' biggest concerns prior to the move. If you're not sure what's most important to your employees, there's an easy way to find out: Ask them. Once you know the questions your employees considering relocation will ask, you'll be able to provide the answers that will help sway their decision to move.

Group Moves Are Still “Human” Moves

A group move or other corporate relocation is a huge undertaking, but at the heart of any company relocation policy is one objective: keeping people happy so they stay with your company and get back to work faster, with their minds on their jobs and not the move.

At CapRelo, we understand people. If you need help with the process of surveying your employees and convincing them that your new location is not only a great place to live and work, but an area where employees and their families will thrive, we can help.

We can structure a corporate relocation package that addresses your employees' key arguments against moving, whether those arguments involve home sales, logistics or quality of life. If you're stressed about the prospect of relocation and need a new corporate relocation policy to ease your worries, we can help.

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Topics: group move, Home Selling and Purchase Assistance, Corporate Relocation Costs, corporate relocation program, relocating employees

Finding a Relocation Firm that Believes in Communication and Planning

Posted by Tamara Bianchi on Wed, Aug 24, 2011

Richter Consulting, Inc. recently published an article regarding some of the reasons for -- and risks of -- business relocation. The article also shared three ways companies can minimize the financial and cultural risks of a move. They just happen to be some of the core values that CapRelo brings to our business relocation services.

1. Planning
- Corporate HR staffs are often too busy to coordinate aspects of relocation like employee home sales, HHG moving, and relocating personnel and their families. CapRelo not only manages this side of your group move, we'll manage your company's move from one location to another to get you back up and running as quickly as possible, with as little stress as possible.
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2. Timing - Timing is always crucial in business, but during a group move it can mean the difference between a successful relocation and the collapse of a business. (It's scary, but it's true.) Many aspects of a group move are dependent upon each other. CapRelo will manage the timing of your corporate relocation to get you back to full productivity before any of your vendors or customers realize you were gone.

3. Communication - Close communication can keep rumors at bay and help maintain company morale. Who's going, who's staying, and how much their corporate relocation package is worth are just a few of the questions employees may ask. Having the right processes and procedures in place so that everyone receives a fair relocation deal is critical to retaining top talent.

Topics: group move, corporate relocation program, Buyer Value Option

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