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Pros and Cons of Employee Relocation

Aug 27, 2007
In today's growing world of multi-national and corporate business, there are more and more companies creating lucrative employee relocation programs and finding and convincing potential employees to consider relocating and joining their company. Companies that have a stable set of quality employees fear "head hunters" as they are sometimes called since this often means they are contacted by competitors and encouraged to leave on the basis of better pay or rewards at the new company.

Even though it is perfectly legal for a company to make an offer to anyone, the offer made must be in agreement with the company's policies for employee relocation so that both the company and the potential employee is taken care of. Over the years, companies have worked hard to put together appealing relocation packages in an effort to encourage potential candidates to consider the idea of relocating.

There was not always such a need for employee relocation. It was not until the mid 1990's that a major increase in employee relocation, due to a boom in world-wide business and globalization, was seen. The world's opinion of the US at that time, was that it was still one of the best places to live and work, resulting in the first surge of employees to California to work in the expanding world of technology, with other industries closely following.

This surge of employee relocation, brought with it a necessity to create new rules and policies that limited the liability of companies. As a result of policies becoming more and more strict, and restrictions put on work and travel visas, many things changed since the early days when employee relocation was at its peak, resulting in a significant slow-down in this area.

Even though "head hunting" has decreased in past years, companies still look for non-local candidates, to fill certain positions within their businesses. They usually find potential employees through online ads and word of mouth and then make very appealing offers, asking the candidate to consider joining their company. Once the offer is made and accepted, it is often the job of the new company to work with the state department in securing visas for work and travel, based on what jobs will be done.

The company is often required to prove that there are no locally qualified candidates available to do the job and employees must be hired elsewhere. It is also the job of the new company to make sure that all visas and requirements are covered and preparations for the new employee and his family are made.

Relocation of employees is a complicated field, requiring attention to detail on the part of the company looking to hire. Usually the most difficult part of employee relocation is the actual coordination of the move and handling all the details from a long distance.

To make the transition easier, companies often hire relocation assistance and home moving companies, in the home-town, city or country of the new employee to help families with the details of moving, such as selling their home and packing and shipping their belongings. They also usually make arrangements to find temporary housing for the new employee and his family once the move is made or help when they family is looking at buying a home.

A smart business knows that their offer will be more appealing and more likely to be accepted when the family of the candidate is taken care of. This is why companies, looking to get the choice selection of new employees, do everything possible to put together a well thought-out and designed package for employee relocation.
About the Author
Craig Chambers is an author and relocation specialist who enjoys sharing employee relocation tips and offers extensive free relocating guides, a free money saving report and a relocating handbook on his website www.easyrelocating.com
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