Category Archives: Corporate Relocation

Why Companies Outsource Global Relocation and the Benefits of Outside Administration

In the past, many companies relocated employees only occasionally. Typically, these relocations included limited benefits and a narrow range of locations, so it was relatively simple to administer the program and manage a small group of local suppliers in house. Today, global relocation brings so many program, tax and legal considerations that outside expertise is […]

It’s Not Just About the Employee: How to Accommodate the Needs of the Accompanying Expatriate Partner

In the not-so-distant past, a “trailing spouse” was typically the female partner of an expatriate male who ran the household and took care of the children’s needs while the family was on assignment. Today, the term “trailing spouse” is rarely used at all. As in non-expatriate society, family relationships are far more fluid and individual […]

How to Assess a Candidate for an International Assignment

What makes the “ideal expatriate”? Companies that deploy employees abroad are keenly interested in the answer to this question. According to Worldwide ERC, a traditional, long-term international assignment can cost a company $1m or more. In the worst-case scenario, if the expatriate or family are unhappy in the host location and the assignment fails, the […]

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 […]