While the majority of the workforce adjusted to working from home, mobile employees also struggled with more uncertainty – Whether to continue in the assignment location, repatriate, or go to another location until a long term strategy became clearer.
As companies resume mobility, at least among critical moves, Weichert’s Advisory Services is responding to a record number of questions about what mobility will look like for the remainder of 2020 and the impact of the pandemic on relocation benefits.
In this episode of Weichert’s podcast, we discuss some of the common questions that we’re hearing from companies as they face issues outside their control, including mandatory quarantines, services deemed essential or non-essential, and availability of resources. In response, Weichert and its network of suppliers are embracing innovative approaches in providing benefits to employees.
While virtual solutions don’t take the place of face-to-face service delivery and are not recommended as a permanent replacement for full services, they can provide a short-term solution for employees who need to move. We’ve seen virtual solutions in the form of desktop appraisals, household good surveys and destination services. For employees in the early stages of an assignment, online language learning or cultural training will keep the employee and family engaged and will expedite the move when they are able to begin the assignment.
Rather, consider a temporary addendum to address benefit changes that can be adjusted when you have a clearer picture of the future.
When will companies continue to move people? There are already indications that organizations will resume business as some expect mobility to ramp up at a slow pace. Others anticipate a more staggered approach that is consistent with pent-up demand.
No matter what the future holds, there’s a saying that describes the agility of mobility programs, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste…it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”