Relocating to a new city can be a stressful experience for your team members—no matter how long they’ve been with your company. However, it’s possible to take a potentially perilous situation and turn it right side up.
Providing support and setting realistic expectations for your employees can go a long way. Not only does it encourage trust, it ensures success in a brand new environment.
Refer to our tips below and empower your employees during a relocation.
Empower your employees with information.
Knowledge is power—and this is especially true when it comes to relocating for a new job. Finding reliable and relevant sources can help facilitate even the most difficult of moves.
Providing hyper-local information to your employees—prior to their move—can ease the transition and help them adjust to their new surroundings. As a result, your employees will be able to focus more on their new job, and less on the moving parts.
Provide a specific timeline and checklist.
To proactively avoid any confusion between you and your employees, we recommend creating a timeline and posting it on an accessible website or shared drive. This makes it accessible to all necessary parties, and stores all important details in one centralized location.
If your employees are relocating to short-term housing, timelines not only help them move with confidence and sanity, it ensures that all vendors and logistics are squared away beforehand.
Similarly, it’s helpful to provide employees with a checklist they can use during a move. Between organizing, packing, and moving, relocating can be stressful. A checklist is a simple, yet effective way to show you care.
Take time to listen.
Change can be unsettling. If you know changes are imminent, it’s important to listen to your employees. Be prepared to deal with change, and know that it will manifest itself in different ways. Sometimes, team members will express their anxiety directly; other times, it may show in their behavior or performance at work.
Be understanding and take time to observe your team members.
Empower employees with technology.
In today’s increasingly connected world, it’s entirely possible to use technology to make employees feel comfortable and connected. Cloud technology platforms can be accessed from any device to make sure that employees are kept in the loop. Similarly, social media platforms and video conference apps encourage communications—for both personal and professional reasons.
Provide access to 24/7 support.
If your employees are relocating to temporary housing, it’s important to let them know that their company has their back. Outsourcing your short-term housing needs ensure that they receive the best service possible. Travelers Haven assigns a single point of contact to your business and your travelers. From move-in to move-out, we manage your temporary housing needs.