At Essential Engagement Services, we believe a company can differentiate itself as an employer of choice and achieve optimal benefits in a very straightforward way. By both acknowledging the strain that uprooting an employee’s life can cause and providing your employees with tangible support, advice, and encouragement, you can better prepare them for the transition ahead while also setting them up for success in their new role.
Our care packages are designed to guide and encourage employees at each stage of the move. Adjusting to a major life transition, such as a move, can take up to 12 months. We offer books and journals as well as 1-year access to online resources and advice across a variety of topic areas. Our extensive video content library features topics for parents of kids and teens as well as adults relocating without kids. How to tell your kids about the move, how to help them prepare for their first day or first lunch hour, and what to expect yourself, as a relocating adult, are all covered with care and personal understanding. With minimal resources needed, you can give your employees the gift of acknowledgement of their sacrifice and support for their upcoming success.
Instead of viewing your relocation package offering as a to-do item to be checked off a list, take the opportunity to use this benefit strategically to further enhance employee engagement. Your relocation package can serve as so much more. With minimal resources and effort, you can refine your package to:
- Send a message that your employees are more than just a number and are part of your corporate family
- Take the opportunity to start the onboarding process before the first day on the new job
- Support an often overlooked and under served challenge of relocation that can distract and disengage otherwise loyal employees
Feeling inspired? You don’t need to stop there! The more you can do to ease this transition, the better off your employees and your organization will be. Beyond care packages that focus on emotional advice, set employees up with others who have recently relocated to help build their support network and promote shared experiences. Hire a local realtor to provide a tour of the city and neighborhoods. Check in with the employee regularly to see how he/she doing. And consider providing city-specific resources as a means to acclimate the employee to the area. From a Zagat guide to maps of local hiking trails, small gestures can make a big difference in feeling welcome.
Take the opportunity, early on, to set the stage for success and to shine as an employer who truly cares about workforce well-being and success.