Category Archives: Employee 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 […]

Domestic Relocation: Easing the Transition

Whether it is a domestic transfer or a global assignment, even the best-managed relocation will upset the employee’s sense of equilibrium. We expect this with international assignments and are much more likely to provide the support needed to make the assignment (and substantial) investment successful. But it is equally important to consider fit and adaptability […]

Employee Relocation: Avoid Failed Assignments with Domestic Candidate Assessment

Most companies understand the importance of candidate assessment for global assignments, and many tools exist to gauge the adaptability of the candidate and family. Increasingly, companies that want to protect their investment in a domestic move are applying the same thought process and using some of the same tools. A Resume Isn’t Enough Most of […]

Employee Relocation: Cultural Training for Intra-Country Moves?

We expect to experience some degree of culture shock in global moves, and often provide cultural training to help mitigate it. But culture shock is rarely acknowledged for moves within the same country, and support to manage it is even rarer. Since neither companies nor relocating employees expect domestic culture shock, the situation becomes even […]

Employee Relocation: Using Destination Mentors to Ease Culture Shock

Destination mentors play a very important role in helping your employees to get acclimated quickly during an employee relocation. In order to be most effective, your organization needs to carefully consider what type of mentor you wish to provide, and what kind of relationship he or she will have with the employee.  

Employee Relocation – What Is Domestic Culture Shock?

Culture shock is a well-known phenomenon in global relocation. However, many companies fail to recognize and address culture shock when it happens closer to home. Employees moving North to South or East to West within the same country are actually just as likely to experience some form of culture shock as if they had moved […]