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Are you pursuing mobility excellence? 3 takeaways for your HR and Talent Acquisition teams!

Are you in HR or support talent with mobility needs? The North Texas Relocation Professionals (NTRP), a local relocation chapter in North Texas for WorldwideERC recently hosted a corporate panel meeting for members and guests to share “Pursuing Mobility Excellence from a Corporate Perspective”. NTRP members represent different relocation verticals in real estate, temporary housing, household goods moving, and HR managing mobility for different companies. This is an excellent organization to expand your education and mobility network! 

Our corporate panel was represented by companies with both US domestic and global mobility responsibilities including Sabre, Tenet Healthcare, BNSF Railway, and Dell. Some of the areas discussed during the meeting were: Policy Development and Review, Request for Proposals, and What keeps Corporate Mobility Professionals up at night.

Here are a few takeaways that might be relevant to your program:

  1. Bring facts and data to help corporate mobility professionals when you see an area to add value.
  2. Be brief and follow agenda for RFP’s!
  3. Relationships and collaboration are critical for great partnerships.

Others takeaways included:

  • Review policy often for exceptions
  • Collaborate with all of your stakeholders
  • Engage in partners that are “thinkers” and that understand process
  • Focus more on “cost to outcome” driven policies
  • Be transparent when challenges occur
  • Be brief on the RFP – adding footnotes when needed for pricing
  • Immigration and travel ban continue to keep us up at night

For more information on NTRP visit http://www.northtexasrelocationprofessionals.org/ or find us in Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter!

For more information on WorldwideERC, visit http://www.worldwideerc.org/

Call to action: Visit NTRP and WorldwideERC and browse website for resources to help you expand your employee relocation program. You can find many resources from benchmarking to a forum for corporate discussion. Also, sign up for the WorldwideERC global conference in Chicago, or our next NTRP meeting in Dallas!

“When you limit the people around you, then you limit yourself.” (John McCaa)

This has been a “A Relocation Minute” on NTRP Corporate Panel “” with Bruce Waller, For more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out our my social media facebook and twitter page.

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A tale of two choices… Which one are you?

A tale of two choices…

I was recently reflecting on my daughter’s college selection process and it reminded me how closely aligned it is with a candidate that is trying to select a company to work for, or when a leader is considering an employee for a promotion, or even when a company is selecting a vendor to partner with. It’s all about perception…brucetruck

Several years ago after high school graduation, my daughter had decided to visit two universities as she continued her college education. She was planning to be a nutritional science major and was excited about the journey ahead. So she set up a college tour with each school which were both major universities and I was fascinated by the difference with each visit.
When we visited the first college, it was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and the weather was about 75 degrees. It was amazing. We went in to register for the orientation and found our group for the tour. The tour guide was a student at the university. He was smiling, upbeat, positive, and passionate about his school. As we walked around, he would share his stories about the different areas on campus that he enjoyed and how much fun others have from the student union, to the rec center, to game days. He was engaging and connected with his group during the tour. He was proud of his school and transferred these feelings to students taking the tour. When we left, my daughter was feeling pretty good about the college but said she was keeping her options open as she still had another college to tour before she made a decision.

When we went to visit the second college, it was a cool morning with an overcast as rain was in the forecast. We went to the orientation meeting, then met with our group for the campus tour. The tour guide was also a student, but this guide was much different than the first college we toured. He was not very engaging, and didn’t really have much energy. When asked about certain areas, he didn’t really engage with the group other than share what each place was, not the experience. When we walked by the football field, we thought it might be cool to check it out, but he said it was off limits. I thought he missed a great opportunity to share game day stories, or something to let others know what it would be like as a student. By the end of the tour, my daughter turned to me and said that she really didn’t need to think about it because she had made her decision to attend first college we visited. I was proud of her for going through the process and making her own decision.

So what made the difference? Perception… Both universities were great places to get a college education, but being positive and sharing experiences with others to help them feel what it would be like to be part of the journey made the difference. It doesn’t matter if you are in customer service or operations, or work in HR and payroll. Positive passionate people that learn how to connect, ask questions, and build a relationship will get the promotion and elevate your company every time.

Call to action: Are you the tour guide for college #1 or #2? Ask someone you know this week for feedback to see what changes you need to make to elevate for impact. You will be glad you did and it could also mean big promotions ahead as well. It’s a great start to finding your lane for impact.

This has been “A Relocation Minute” on “a tale of two choices” with Bruce Waller, for more information on relocation resources, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com. Follow me on Twitter too!

3 networking strategies to elevate your experience!

3 networking strategies to elevate your experience

When I first started networking in my business, my mindset was not very good. I would often question myself about how I could possibly add value to others? I would often think “I am not an industry expert in HR, or Travel, or Relocation, or whatever group that it is meeting”. This thinking will lead you to fear and doubt, as well as reduce your confidence around people. The day you figure out ways to add value as a business professional will be the day networking will change your perspective and open doors for you that you would have never dreamed were possible.

Networking takes skill with a focus on serving others. When I was attending a networking event years ago, I remember at the end of the meeting where the facilitator asked everyone to stand up and exchange business cards for 2 minutes and try to see who could get the most cards. People would quickly shake your hand and literally throw your card at you before moving on. It was like a tornado of business cards blowing in and you were just trying to get through it. This is NOT networking. Networking is about listening, learning, sharing, and being resourceful. It’s also about having a strategy for positive results.cropped-bruce2013.jpg

Here are 3 strategies to focus on next time you network for maximum value:

Show up. When I decided to attend my second DallasHR meeting back in 2004, I pulled into the parking lot and remembered the overwhelming feeling I had experienced from the previous meeting. I didn’t know anyone and was getting nervous as I walked up to the hotel. Once I walked in, I looked over at the sea of people networking and immediately walked out of the hotel back to my car and started to leave. I was a wreck. However, I knew that in order to meet people, and connect with others, I had to take action and show up. I am glad I went back into the meeting, because it has impacted my business and personal life in a positive way for over 13 years now.

Be a learner. Focusing on the other person when networking is critical. We all know what it feels like when you have someone come up to introduce him/herself and just start talking about their business or their personal goals. My wife and I attended a book signing not too long ago and met some great people. When we left, she mentioned that she met a few people and learned a lot about what others are doing in their careers, but she also experienced an interesting observation. She said nobody asked about her career. So many times we get caught up talking about our own situation and forget to learn about what others are doing to achieve success. It reminds me of the quote by John Maxwell, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”. Asking questions and learning from others will deepen the connection every time.

Add Value. A lot of people struggle with this area because they don’t feel like they have anything important to share. We all have a story and value to share. We just need to find the connection. Value is about learning, sharing, and being resourceful. Another way to add value is to help others connect. When I am networking with someone and see another person I know, I try to introduce them so they can connect. People appreciate and value a good personal connection. I also try to learn as much as I can so that I grow and share with others to help them grow their business and/or in their personal life..
Networking is a skill that you can develop with practice, but it takes some work along the way. However, the payoff will be priceless.

Call to action: Write down some questions to ask the next time you plan to attend a networking event. Focus on learning more about them and how you might be able to add value in their business. You will be amazed at the results.

This has been “a Relocation Minute update” on “Networking” with Bruce Waller, for more information on relocation resources, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com. Follow me on Twitter too!

Slow Down to Accelerate… 3 ways to elevate the relocation experience for your critical talent!

I was recently read Steve Laswell’s book “The People’s Project” and wanted to share a takeaway on how fast we all seem to be going these days. In one of his chapters, Steve mentioned we need to “slow down to accelerate” our personal growth and leadership. This is such a great perspective when you think about how busy we are . When we slow down (or invest personal time) to evaluate ourselves or something we are managing, it gives us opportunity to get clarity, and make sure we are focused on the things that matter as leaders in both our business and in our personal life.

When I talk with HR professionals about employee relocation, many will often say that relocation is only a small portion of their responsibilities, but when it happens —- it takes up a lot of their time trying to managing it. When companies don’t have a lot of relocations, they typically don’t invest time in the “up front” strategies, and policy benchmarking. However, it doesn’t matter if you have 5 relocations, or 50, they are ALL important. Investing time to source partners, and develop a good strategy will ease the complexities for you and your team.

Here are 3 ways you can “slow day and accelerate” your relocation program for maximum impact:The People Project

1. Client Review – Great relocation partners will provide you with data monthly, quarterly, or annually depending on your relocation volume that will allow you to step back and evaluate how your relocations are going from both a cost and quality perspective. Many times you will see trends, or exceptions that you might consider adding or eliminating from policy. It’s a great time to communicate what works, and expectations to elevate the experience for your employees moving.

2. Networking – There are several groups to get involved in such as WorkwideERC, and SHRM. Attending these organizations/conferences may take some time, but the people you meet can be a great resource for you, especially when benchmarking recruiting, compensation, and other responsibilities you might have. If you have a lump sum program, you might ask how others maximize the effectiveness. I encourage you to invest in networking with at least one group in your area and find out what others are doing when relocating employees. You can learn a lot from both corporate professionals, as well as seasoned suppliers.

3. Surveys – Do you survey your employees when relocating? This is a great way to find out what they enjoyed, and what changes might need to be revised in your policy. Some questions might be, what did you enjoy the most, what did you not like about your move, how can we make this onboarding easier for our employees when moving. I would encourage you to reach out to your employees when the move is complete, as well as talk to your relocation partner about how they survey employee relocations. It will make a difference.

Call to action: Contact your relocation partner this week to schedule a client review and ask some of these questions to elevate your program. Your employees will appreciate it and so will YOU!

2nd Call to action: Read Steve Laswell’s book called “The People Project, Your Guide for Changing Behavior and Growing Your Influence as a Leader”. You can also find Steve on LinkedIn and Twitter.

This has been a “Relocation Minute” update on “Slow Down to Accelerate ” with Bruce Waller, For more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out our my social media Facebook and twitter page.