Since the advent of globalization, more and more companies are giving global assignments to select employees with the goal of developing their company overseas, filling functional needs, or training the employee for upper management duties. Face-to-face contact with competitors as well as with clients is considered a key to success in today’s economy, hence corporate relocations are becoming more frequent, both on a short-term and project-based basis.
As a result, many companies are faced with the challenge moving essential staff from one city or country to another, between states and over the border. The challenge for employers is to ensure that your employees and their families settle quickly, happily, and effectively into their new locale. Whether it’s finding the right schools for their children or determining the best shipping mode for their belongings, it’s your job and it’s in your best interest to provide them with the assistance they need for a smooth transition. The best way to achieve your goals is to strengthen your corporate relocation program.
Here are some ways to enhance your corporate relocation management program and ensure the success of your employees:
- Shipping Belongings: Today’s international transportation services include: at-home packing assistance, door-to-door or port-to-port delivery, ocean freight, air freight, express shipping, and short-term and long-term storage management. Get a free shipping quote from several relocation companies and select the one which best suits the needs of your employee and his/her family.
- Shipping Vehicles: Thanks to modern shipping methods, cars, motorcycles, SUVS, trucks, and even boats can now be shipped overseas. Whether you will be providing a company car or whether your employee will be transporting his own vehicle, keep in mind that transportation can take several months, so plan ahead and book early.
- Housing: The sooner employees settle into their new home and life, the sooner they can begin to focus at work and do the stellar job you hired them to do. To pave the way to a smooth relocation, lay out in advance the various housing options (including locations, prices, proximity to schools and commercial areas, etc.) and work together with your employee to select the most suitable accommodations.
- Paperwork: There is no end to the red tape involved in overseas relocation. In addition to collecting copies of birth certificates and marriage licenses and obtaining up-to-date medical, dental and scholastic records for the whole family, the process of overseas relocation also necessities paperwork at the border, filling out insurance forms, paying duty fees and import/export taxes, and more. To ensure that your employees have all their ducks in a row and won’t run into legal complications, it’s pays to use the services of relocation experts like the ones we offer on our site.
These professionals are trained to support, guide, and assist transferred employees and their families every step of the way – including property management at the place of origin, travel arrangements, preparing necessary documents, customs clearing, home and school-finding assistance, cultural briefings, spousal assistance, language lessons, local tours, information packets, and more. Relocation experts take the effort become familiar with every aspect of the move and to get to know the family personally. The result is a professional and personal liaison which significantly improves the relocation experience and is in the best interest of your company.