Have you ever held a glass of water in front of you for a few minutes without setting it down on table? How about 30 minutes? I’m sure your arm would be getting tired due to the glass of water feeling like it’s getting heavier. How about a few hours? By then, you would probably need to call 911 due to your arm feeling like it was going to fall off. You see, the weight of the water never changes. But it continues to get heavier the longer you hold it.
This is what it can feel like when an employee receives a lump sum to relocate or provided minimal relocation support for the family. When an employee is relocating on a lump sum, the family is often the one asked to hold the glass of water.
A lump sum relocation is not anything new. This has been around for many years and is the easiest way to manage a relocation for an employee moving from one city to another. BUT there can be consequences. The employee takes a new position, then begins the new job in the new city while the spouse is tasked with managing the relocation. Selling the home, finding a new home, coordinate the household goods move, and helping kids transition along the way. This can become a very stressful time for everyone involved when you don’t have the right relocation support.
So what can you/we do to remove the burden and elevate the onboarding experience for families relocating?
- Assist employee with home marketing… even if you only provide a lump sum relocation.
- Partner with a moving company. This is a non-taxable expense to employee when direct billed to the company and lifts the stress for a family trying to select a moving provider.
- Include a house hunting trip, or provide new community information to include everyone.
Call to action: Reach out to your moving partner this month to discuss strategies to help your employees this summer. If you know someone that needs a partner, please share this information with them. They will appreciate the referral and so will their employees.
This has been “A Relocation Minute” on “How heavy is your glass” with Bruce Waller, for more information on relocation resources call 972-389-5673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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