5 Ways to Help Employees Feel at Home in Your New Location
March 30, 2022 by CRS Corporate Relocation SystemsCorporate Moving
Moving can be a bittersweet experience. You’re leaving behind a home, friends, memories, and future possibilities ingrained in a place. Many workers move from place to place for their work, and it’s usually not easy transitioning to a new place. Numerous factors can exacerbate the stress of adjusting to a new environment. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make your employees feel more at home in your new location.
5 Ways to Help Employees during a Workplace Relocation
Making the move comfortable for your employees is key. Taking extra steps to ensure your employees are happy with the move increases workplace satisfaction. There are even steps you can take to make moving more exciting for your workers. Below are five ways to make the process easier:
1. Give Your Employees Resources to Help Them Find New Housing
Nowadays, finding adequate housing is one of the most challenging parts of moving. Everyone has specific wants and needs when it comes to a place to live. These desires, combined with the state of the housing market, turn house hunting into a stressful experience.
While planning your company’s move, take some time to gather helpful housing resources such as links to real estate agents and housing directories or even information from someone familiar with the area who can provide first-hand knowledge of different neighborhoods. This foresight will help ease the transition by allowing employees to have time to scope out a living situation that will make them the most comfortable.
2. Assist Your Employees with Paying for New Expenses Incurred from the Move
For some relocations, employees new and old may have to deal with new expenses because of a corporate move. Added expenses for transportation, groceries, and the general cost of living of the new area can make it difficult to be excited to move to a new location. A great way to accommodate these new expenses would be to factor them into a wage adjustment or provide them with a stipend or reimbursement for certain expenses, such as public transportation.
3. Work with a Reputable Team of Qualified Movers
Employees needing to move homes from one location to another can benefit from having access to a moving service. Hiring a reputable moving company can relieve your employees of some of the pressure of moving. Good quality movers will ensure that your employee’s belongings arrive safely, promptly, and in one piece. You could also connect your employees to specific movers with an excellent reputation and offer them a relocation stipend or cover moving costs up to a certain amount.
4. Plan a Company Outing or Retreat in Your New Location
Outings are a great way to break the ice when you have many people in a new location. Think about your company culture and employees’ interests, and try to plan an outing that will match the wants and needs of your team. This outing could be a group effort to help everyone familiarize themselves with the area or something simple like a group lunch at a local-approved eatery.
5. Prepare Local Guides for Your Employees with Key Locations around Town
A local guide can be invaluable in assisting employees in settling into a new location. Employees want to feel at ease at work and in their new location. A local guide could introduce them to key locations in their new city and other areas of interest that would cater to your employees’ needs outside of the workplace.
Your local guide could also connect your employees to local resources that will answer any questions they have, further helping them adjust to the new area. When selecting your local guide, remember to think carefully about the members of your team, what they are interested in, and their potential needs.
Hire the Corporate Relocation Experts at CRS Moving & Storage
An essential aspect of any company is happy employees. Even with a corporate relocation on the horizon, it is in your best interest to ensure your employees will have everything they need to relocate and adjust to their new setting. One of the most stressful aspects of corporate relocation is planning and executing the actual move, which is why an experienced team of corporate movers would be an invaluable asset for your company.
CRS Moving & Storage could be your saving grace. Our reliable team has provided quality relocation services through more than 5,000 moves. We have been in the industry for more than 20 years and established ourselves as leaders in corporate relocation. Let us address your needs while we handle your next move. To book a free relocation plan & logistics session for your move, fill out our contact form or call (718) 424-6000.