Five Ways to Show Your Mobile Employees Some Love 02.14.2020 | Jennifer Connell

This is the time of year when we show our love for those around us. While everyone loves that heart-shaped box of chocolates and bouquet of roses on Valentine’s Day, the most impactful gifts are the personal ones. The same can be said for your employees about to embark on a transfer or assignment.

If a customized gift is best, it’s not a far stretch to understand why employees value a relocation experience that meets their unique set of needs. So how do you deliver a personalized experience?

Here’s our suggested list of benefit provisions for everyone on your shopping list…errr…your mobility program. Tailoring benefits to your specific employee demographics can help elevate your program to the next level and provide a legendary experience to each relocating employee.

1. VIP Level Services – For the executive who (literally) has everything.

Commensurate with their visibility and the impact they have on your bottom line, Executive Level Employees have needs beyond those of the typical mobile employee. A suite of VIP services delivers the extra care, precision and dexterity that these relocations demand.

2. Destination Services – For the candidate who is concerned about their fur-baby.

Consider comprehensive destination services that assist the employee in their search for pet-friendly housing, veterinarians, doggy daycare, and other resources that will make their four-legged pal comfortable in their new home.

3. Pre-Decision Assistance – For the high potential employee who is a perfect fit for the position, but are still on the fence.

Provide pre-decision counseling and assistance so that candidates can make an informed decision, build excitement around the new location, and highlight the opportunity that lies ahead.

4. Discard & Donate – For the “green” candidate (green=new hire and environmentally conscious) who is passionate about the company values aligning with their own.

Discard & Donate programs often reduce shipment costs and contributes to a positive employee experience. The assistance in organizing the employee’s belongings reduces stress and they feel good about donating unwanted belongings to local charities that serve the community.

5. Mentor Program – For the international assignee who wants to feel connected to their colleagues back home.

Consider establishing a mentor program to keep the employee connected to the home country while on assignment and to facilitate repatriation at the end of the assignment.


Editor’s Footnote: When it comes to Valentine’s Day, in my opinion, you STILL can’t go wrong with that box of chocolates!

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Written by Jennifer Connell


Jennifer Connell, SCRP, SGMS-T, is Vice President of Weichert’s Advisory Services group. She has over 25 years of experience in the workforce mobility and employee benefits industries and is a recipient of Worldwide ERC’s Distinguished Service Award. She has spoken on workforce mobility topics at industry conferences throughout North America and written for mobility- and HR-themed blogs and magazines worldwide.

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