Strong economic growth helps companies increase sales, meet corporate objectives, and expand their operations. As companies grow, their need for employees with exceptional skills and talent increases. New hires, transferees, and promotions impact all departments, including Human Resources (HR) and the HR Mobility Manager.
However, growing companies cannot easily provide employees with a lot of time for long learning curves. The speed of business, as well as expanding competition, mean new hires, transferees, and employees new to their positions must hit the ground running. Your company’s future depends on a robust, well-functioning, and highly productive talent acquisition program.
Companies with successful talent acquisition programs understand their relocation policies are critically important to attracting and retaining those with the highest level of skills and experience. How can a new HR Mobility Manager get up to speed quickly and efficiently so talent acquisition programs and relocation policies are fully effective?
Global Mobility Solutions’ team of global relocation experts believes these seven tips are the most helpful for new HR Mobility Managers:
1. Set up a meeting with your Relocation Management Company (RMC).
The first thing a new HR Mobility Manager should do is meet with their RMC’s Account Manager and Relocation Coach responsible for servicing their account. The relocation experts servicing their account will have in-depth knowledge of the company’s relocation policies. They will also be able to speak to what is working best for the company, and share helpful recommendations that will benefit the company’s talent acquisition program and relocation policies.
2. Examine past annual reviews and become familiar with reports.
Annual reviews and reports from their RMC provide a quick summary of important measurements, including:
- Annual Spend
- Volume of Relocations
- Relocation Policy Tiers
- Policy Exceptions
- Industry Trends
3. Review customer satisfaction ratings.
Every relocation should have input from the transferee as to their level of satisfaction. Ratings may provide insight regarding relocation policy issues; transportation including packing, move, and unloading; and satisfaction with elements of the relocation process such as expense reimbursement processes and community tours. Information should also provide insight into the resolution of any service challenges, which in turn may help guide future relocation policy development.
4. Set up training for the online portal so you can access relocation tools.
Your company’s RMC should have a robust and industry-leading relocation technology solution. The technology should be fully secure, with simple processes and easy to use tools for both employees and transferees. The training should include:
- How to Initiate a Relocation
- How Transferees Submit for Reimbursement
- Viewing Transferee’s Status
- Running Custom Reports
5. Learn the history of your company’s relocation policy.
Your RMC Account Manager understands the details and nuances of your company’s relocation policy. They can help you understand the history of your policy, including what the most recent revision was, and why the revision was necessary. Your RMC may also have specific policy suggestions that are helpful to your company. They have knowledge about your company and the industry it is in, as well as experience in the relocation industry. They understand what works best for your company’s relocation policy, especially as it relates to your talent acquisition program.
6. Interview your HR Department to learn which improvements should be made to the policy.
Other members of your HR Department may be good sources to learn which improvements are necessary for your company’s relocation policy. They may have experience working with transferees and issues such as policy exceptions. Ask the other employees in your department these questions:
- What Works?
- What is Not Working?
- Is the Relocation Budget Sufficient?
- Do the Relocation Packages Include Enough Benefits to Draw New Hires?
- What is the Expense Management Turnaround Time?
- How Does the Invoicing Process Work?
- What Other Ideas Would They Suggest?
7. Be sure your RMC shares industry updates and trends on a consistent basis, and consider joining Worldwide ERC.
Your RMC should share industry updates and trends on a consistent basis. As experts in the relocation industry, you should be able to rely on your RMC’s knowledge and experience. Your RMC should help design your company’s relocation policies using best practices to promote successful relocations. Another helpful resource for relocation industry information is Worldwide ERC. Consider joining this leading industry association to gain access to useful information and expand your networking opportunities.
Global Mobility Solutions’ team of global relocation experts has helped thousands of our clients when new HR Mobility Managers come on board to work with our team. We can help your company’s new HR Mobility Manager get up to speed quickly and efficiently, so talent acquisition programs and relocation policies are fully effective. 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 or give us a call at 800.617.1904 or 480.922.0700 today.