the relocation process for employees
Inside Indiana Business
July 13, 2005
published today by Inside Indiana business focuses on the need for
businesses to be aware of the diversity of family and household
relationships of employees when they design a relocation assistance
Litten, a relocation assistance specialist observes that people are
moving more frequently than ever before and companies are working to
help not only their employees, but all members of the family
transition to new locations.
According to the Guide for Managing the Mobile Workforce (Employee
Relocation Council, 2003), “The diversification of the relocation
population is bringing a change in policy. Providing resources for a
wide range of personal and professional needs is critical for
employers who want to attract and retain valuable employees while
Litten notes that demographic changes are driving this policy
change. No longer is it a male in his late 30’s, married with
children. But there are more females and single parents in addition
to non-traditional families, including unmarried and same sex
In some cases employees move voluntarily. In others, an employer
requires the relocation. Regardless of how it comes about, employers
need to make the move as easy as possible for their employees.
“It is important for employers to smooth the transition for both
employees and their families in the relocation process,” said Sandy
Warstler, senior vice president, Relocation Services, F.C. Tucker
Company. “If the employee is distracted with making arrangements and
finding his or her way around a new city, productivity and morale go
down – resulting in a negative impact on the company.”
Though most employers do not have the staff or the expertise to make
the transition smooth, there are professionals who can help. From
helping employees sell their homes to finding the grocery store in
their new city, a relocation expert is an invaluable resource.
As an employer what should you look for? First, you should determine
how much you can afford to help with the move. Will it simply be
covering the expenses or can you assist a spouse with finding a new
job, offer elder care to those accompanying the employee, and other
services? Then, you should speak with a variety of firms that
specialize in relocation services.
When considering a company to assist with the relocation, you should
look for the following services:
· Home sale – making physical improvements to home, pricing the
home, strategizing how to market the home.
· Home purchase – finding a real estate company familiar with the
market, determining the best location for the employee based on
· Counseling – information for children, spouse employment
assistance, financial/mortgage pre-approval, transportation
· Rental assistance – community orientation tour, comprehensive
rental search program, temporary living assistance.
· Local knowledge and expertise.
· Cost of living and housing studies.
· Mortgage application assistance.
· Concierge services for buyers.
· Moving and storage assistance.
· Community profiles.
This is just a sampling of the services a professional company can
provide. A good company should provide services a la carte –
allowing employers to tailor programs to fit their needs and
“Local real estate associates can help with many of these items and
are an invaluable resource that should be a part of the process,”
continued Sandy. “Using a real estate company with a good relocation
department brings everything under one roof and makes it easier for
a company to manage the employee’s relocation.”
Throughout the relocation process it is important to keep the
employee and his/her family’s needs top of mind. After all, you are
asking employees to uproot their entire lives for your company. And
at the end of the move, you want an employee who is happy and whose
family is happy. Using a relocation company to assist is crucial to
a positive outcome for everyone involved.
Jim Litten is president of the
F.C. Tucker Company. Tucker Relocation Services Department has 13
dedicated staff to assist with your company’s relocation needs.
Additionally, Tucker’s sales associates are trained specialists in
representing buyers and sellers with the relocation process.
Tucker’s Relocation Services Department, through its affiliation
with RELO® can assist individuals relocating to virtually any
community in the U.S. or abroad, with services including
comprehensive destination orientation programs, real estate
assistance, spouse employment aid, mortgage assistance, household
goods move management and more. Their affiliation also enables F.C.
Tucker to manage corporate employee relocation accounts. Contact F.C.
Tucker Co. at 1-800-999-8768, or www.talktotucker.com.