Category Archives: Corporate Relocation

What Is A Cost Of Living Allowance (COLA) / Goods And Services Differential (GSD) And How Is It Determined?

You have just accepted the role you have always dreamed about: a long term, international assignment in London! There are so many things to think about before leaving the US. Will you succeed in your new role? Will you fit in with your colleagues? Where will you live? The one thing that you don’t want […]

Corporate Relocation: Creating Choice in Policy Structure

The economy has recovered and job-hunters have more leverage than they’ve had in years. They are much more willing to relocate for the right opportunity if the employer is willing to offer relocation assistance that meets their unique needs. Gone are the days of strict, one-size-fits-all policies. Instead, the modern corporate relocation policy structure includes […]

International Relocation – Repatriation Benefits

Relocating abroad presents challenges, but often the most difficult part of an international assignment is returning to the home country. The sad reality is that more than 25% of international assignees leave their employer within two years of returning home. With such a substantial investment in each international assignment, it’s wise for companies to plan […]

International Relocation Packages – Holidays & Leave

Employees on international assignments typically observe the holidays of their host country location, which is sometimes a bit of a surprise for the expats. They might be American citizens working for an American company in its Paris office, but they will be celebrating not U.S. Independence Day but French Bastille Day! They usually receive the […]

International Relocation Package: Personal Goods Shipment Benefits

Shipping personal goods can represent a significant expense for companies and a significant source of stress for expatriates. Careful counseling is important to ensure employees do not move goods they will not be able to use in the new location (e.g. televisions; excessive or very large furniture that will not fit in the destination housing; […]

International Relocation: Destination & Settling In Services

The first few days of an international relocation tend to be exciting yet trying. To reduce stress and help employees adjust to their new environment, most companies provide a series of destination and settling in services to the families. Usually this means allowing employees to spend two to four days at their new location handling […]

International Relocation Services: Pre-Assignment Assistance

Candidates for international assignments are, of course, chosen primarily based on their technical competence and the need for their skills and expertise in the global location. But it is critical that the employee and family are given an opportunity to experience the new location, and that they are thoroughly prepared for life in the new […]

International Relocation Benefits: Home Country Housing & Personal Auto Assistance

Employees who are embarking on a global assignment are usually expected to return home within 3-5 years. Under this scenario, property management is a practical alternative to homesale, since most assignees who expect to return home within a reasonable amount of time prefer to retain their home. Automobiles present another challenge for assignees, but companies […]