HRO Today March 2016 - 23

Relocation
Relocation
and the
New Hire
More care is needed to address
the emotional experience
By Russ Banham
It's one of the most diffi cult decisions a person must
make-whether or not to take the job offer that requires
relocation to a new city. The way that this delicate
decision is handled by the hiring organization may
determine the new employee's level of engagement from
that point forward, with attendant retention risks as
well.
Many personal factors are also involved in the decision
to accept temporary or longer-term relocation either
domestically or abroad. If the new hire is married, they
must consider their spouse's career and income. If they
have children, the availability of a quality education is
also a factor. The new location's real estate market, crime
rate, and social and cultural amenities also play into
the decision. If just one of these factors is substandard,
a highly regarded job candidate may become a highly
unproductive employee.
" The relocation experience is often the fi rst impression
a new hire has about the employer, " says Scott McCain,
senior vice president of global growth and consulting at
Paragon Relocation (a provider of corporate relocation
management). " This enormous responsibility is treated
differently by different companies. Some are merely
accommodating; others go the full mile to ensure the
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