Corporate relocation is a challenge, whether you’re a relocating professional, or a business moving an employee, a department, or your entire operation elsewhere. From time and budget constraints to local regulations and laws, there are plenty of challenges that you’ll need to overcome here. Thankfully, a few helpful tips can go a long way toward ensuring a smoother process and fewer hurdles in your path.
1. Have a Plan
No corporate relocation will go off without a hitch if you don’t have a solid plan underpinning your efforts. Ideally, your relocation plan should be complete well before the date of the move (at least a month, if not more).
2. Compare Relocation Companies
Just as homeowners have plenty of choices when moving, so to do companies. However, you need to compare your options. Choose a relocation company with the right mix of services, the right price, and a reputation for excellence.
3. Travel Documents
If the relocation involves international travel for your company’s employees (or you’re relocating to take advantage of a position with a new employer), make sure all travel documents are in hand. This includes passports, visas and any other paperwork necessary to leave the host country and return home when the job is done.
4. Ongoing Reporting
Moving organizers should ensure that managers and decision-makers are kept in the loop throughout the relocation via ongoing reporting.
5. Relocation Assistance
If you’re a relocating professional, ask your employer about relocation assistance. This can take many forms, from additional time off to funding for the move, assistance locating housing, moving services and more.
6. New Employee Assistance
If you’re hiring a new employee and they’re relocating to your firm’s area, work with a partner that can offer area orientation services, travel management solutions, expense management and even candidate assistance.
7. Temporary Housing
Whether you’re a traveling professional or a business with employees who regularly travel for business needs, housing is a priority. Work with a company that can help with temporary or corporate housing for your staff.
8. Document Management
If you’re relocating to a new business location, this is a prime time to cut some dead weight in the form of unnecessary documents and files. Any nonessential files should be destroyed prior to the move.
9. Tax Deduction
For traveling or relocating professionals, some expenses involved with the move may be tax deductible, helping you save a bit of cash.
10. International Relocation
If you’re sending employees abroad, work with a corporate relocation company with years of experience in international assignments.
Corporate relocation is a challenge, but with the right partner, it’s not an insurmountable hurdle.