Why Companies should review their Relocation Policies?
It is important, and highly recommended, that companies review their relocation policies at the start of each year. This will help your company remain at the forefront of your industry, ahead of your competitors, and in line with best practice recommendations. Most companies are not completely immune to global forces, market changes, and unique challenges such as the COVID-19 global pandemic. Often these issues directly impact employees on international assignments.
There are several reasons why companies need relocation benefits. Often, relocation perks are used for hiring a recruit for an open position. Other times, companies may use relocation to transfer knowable employees to different job sites or as part of a development program offered through the company when promoting an existing employee. But no matter the reason, all sizes of company who offer talent mobility should have their relocation policies reviewed with some regularity. Here is a breakdown of why relocation policy review is important:
Address Strategic Objectives in Your Relocation Policy Review
Growing companies often have strategic plans that guide activities and investments. Many of these plans lay out specific goals and actions. For example, a company that wants to grow into a new market might leverage their relocation policy review in several ways to achieve this goal. This may include investigating the services of an International Professional Employer Organization (PEO). PEOs can help a company establish a presence in a new market within a very short timeframe and with no direct investment. As a result, companies can focus on achieving strategic objectives and responding nimbly to market changes. In return, the company saves time, effort, and resources. Also, the overall costs of service fees and financing international employees’ payroll are significantly lower than the cost of establishing a foreign entity.
Cost Reductions and Process Improvements Can Be Found
Relocation Management Companies (RMCs) with extensive industry knowledge and experience can help identify cost reductions. There may be several areas that offer cost reduction opportunities during a relocation policy review. Also, the mobility industry often changes rapidly in response to needs, preferences, and regulations. As a result, knowledgeable RMCs can easily identify and share new ideas for cost reductions.
RMCs are often drivers in the mobility industry for process improvements. Technology can lead to dramatic increases in productivity. For example, a Relocation API can replace many time-consuming data entry tasks and responsibilities. In turn, valuable resources are freed up to focus on critical business and department issues.
Maintaining Your Company’s Competitive Market Position
Every relocation policy review should include and reference benchmarking studies. These studies should show what your company’s industry competitors are providing in their policies. Your company should have information to know whether its relocation policy provides benefits that at least match the competition. A thorough relocation policy review can help identify areas that need to change in order to maintain your organization’s competitive position.
Ensures Company Policy Remains Compliant
National and international regulations can frequently change. Constant changes in visa requirements, immigration, tax laws, health recommendations, and other regulations directly impact relocation programs and employees. Conducting a relocation policy review helps your company learn what is changing, what may change in the future, and how to adjust your relocation policy accordingly. The review also provides information that your company can share with internal company stakeholders and employees who utilize the policy.
When Should Relocation Benefits Be Reviewed?
Companies should arrange a relocation policy review about every 12 months. As markets and global dynamic forces change at an ever faster pace, transferees are often some of the first employees to face direct impacts. As a result, the company’s relocation policy should be current and provide industry-leading solutions. This will result in greater employee satisfaction, and enhance talent acquisition and retention efforts.
GMS’ team of global relocation experts has helped thousands of our clients with their relocation policy review. Our mobility consulting team understands the dynamic nature of the corporate relocation market. GMS provides expert guidance for relocation policies, as a result, our team ensures that our clients’ transferees receive immediate assistance as required, clients remain competitive, their relocation programs maximize efficiencies, and they can leverage several cost reduction opportunities.
GMS was the first relocation company to register as a .com. The company also created the first online interactive tools and calculators, and revolutionized the entire relocation industry. GMS continues to set the industry pace as the pioneer in innovation and technology solutions with its proprietary MyRelocation® technology platform.
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