By: Sam Hoey | CRP, GMS

May 16, 2019

Employers must find ways for transferees to overcome reluctance to moving. Relocation to a new home, city, state, or country may be stressful for transferees and their family members. During periods of strong economic growth and tight labor markets with plentiful jobs, job seekers may not have to leave their homes for new employment. Employers should have access to a range of tools and resources to help overcome reluctance to moving.

How Talent Acquisition Programs can Help Overcome Reluctance to Moving

A strong talent acquisition program will include pre-decision services. Global Mobility Solutions is the pioneer of pre-decision services. GMS experts know that putting in the extra effort upfront helps employers as well as transferees in the relocation process. These services are an important tool to help retain new hires and ensure successful relocations. Relocating employees benefit from pre-decision services and are more likely to report being highly engaged with their company and new home.

Family Does Matter in Helping to Overcome Reluctance to Moving

For employees with families, the decision to relocate is a family matter. Many families have both spouses working, so any relocation should include career support for spouses and partners. GMS recently published a Case Study on Educational Institution Relocation Programs. In this Case Study, GMS describes how working with the client to engage spouses in the relocation process increases relocation success. In fact, the client’s biggest challenge in their hiring process was that spouses felt left out of the decision-making process. As a result, many dual career couples moving to the new location had a difficult time adapting if there was no job for the spouse.

Pre-decision Services for Transferees

Pre-decision services assist both the employee and the company in determining the benefits and challenges of a potential relocation to help overcome reluctance to moving. The general process is:

  1. Relocation Management Company (RMC) engages the transferee early in the process.
  2. RMC identifies points that are important to the transferee and their family members.
  3. The RMC arranges community tours, housing information, and cost of living analyses.

Pre-decision services help remove all of the unknowns, and generate positive excitement for the transferee and their family members to help overcome reluctance to moving.

Organizational Benefits of Pre-Decision Services

For employers, pre-decision services are proven to increase offer acceptance and decrease time to acceptance. Also, built-in programs like Candidate Expense Management help reduce the final cost of relocation. Employers can more accurately budget for relocations. They can also eliminate the cost of non-acceptance by the transferee.

What Does This Mean?

Employers can help overcome reluctance to moving by utilizing pre-decision services. Transferees who have access to pre-decision services are more likely to accept offers for relocation. Relocating employees report higher levels of engagement when they have access to pre-decision services.

What Should Employers do to Help Overcome Reluctance to Moving?

Employers should work with a qualified Relocation Management Company (RMC) that can provide a full range of pre-decision services. Employers considering relocating new hires or transferees should provide them and their family members with as many valuable resources as possible. This will help increase relocation success.


GMS’ team of global relocation experts has helped thousands of our clients understand how they can gain the benefits of using pre-decision services to overcome reluctance to moving. Our team can help your company understand how to provide your relocating employees and their family members with pre-decision services. As a result, relocation success rates will increase, and transferees’ satisfaction will improve.

Global Mobility Solutions is proud to be named and ranked #1 Overall, and #1 in Quality of Service by HRO Today’s 2019 Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Learn best practices from Global Mobility Solutions, the relocation industry and technology experts who are dedicated to keeping you informed and connected. Contact our experts online to discuss your company’s need for pre-decision services to overcome reluctance to moving, or give us a call at 800.617.1904 or 480.922.0700 today.

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Senior Vice President, Global Account Management Sam joined Global Mobility Solutions in 1996 and has a unique perspective with her 25 years of industry experience. Samantha offers her clients relocation expertise and a commitment to excellence in her. Her proficiency in orchestrating the BVO and GPO Programs, as well as relocation policy design and implementation, are invaluable assets to the accounts she manages. Her experience in administering Pre-Decision Relocation services to enhance the recruiting process further demonstrates her unique abilities to service her clients. Samantha’s diverse experience, leadership, and outstanding communication skills enable her to manage the relocation process for her clients with finesse and polished professionalism.

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