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Articles on how HR can take a more strategic approach towards relocation management.

Why an RFI is More Important Than an RFP

As a seasoned sales professional in this industry, I have worked on my fair share of RFP exercises spanning both small and large opportunities across corporate America. It still amazes me that in this world of emojis, texts and Instagram, it takes a monolithic research assignment to choose a business supplier partner. As much as I respect a diligent research process for purchasing any product or service (for both consumers and B2B), I think the industry has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to focusing on the three main reasons to work with a specific partner – Team, Culture and Achievements. Unlike traditional RFIs that seem to ask a range of general questions, focus on these three key areas.

The Difference Between Tier 1 and Tier 2 Supplier Diversity Spend

Companies privy to the importance of implementing a Supplier Diversity Program seek to expand their programs to include both Tier 1 and Tier 2 spends. So what is the difference? Let me break it down a bit today.

Supplier Diversity: What & Why

We all know that supplier diversity is important, right? But ask yourself … do you really know exactly what that entails and more importantly, do you understand WHY it’s so vital for a percentage of a company’s annual spend to be centered on diverse suppliers? Simply put, a supplier diversity program is a business program that proactively encourages the use of minority-owned, women owned, veteran owned, LGBT-owned, service disabled veteran owned, historically underutilized business and Small Business Administration (SBA)-defined small business concerns as suppliers. Okay, that makes sense, right? But what’s this all about and why is it important?

3 Issues HR Will Face Throughout 2017

 

Each new year brings new obstacles in the workplace. It’s inevitable as both the workplace, the people in it and the people who run it shift and change with time. Last year was no picnic for HR and upper level management and 2017 will not be without its issues either. Below are three hurdles HR can expect to run into throughout the coming year as well as solutions to power through.

Employee Retention Pitfalls after Relocation

We’ve talked quite a bit on this blog about payback agreements. Oh, the payback agreement. We both love it and hate it at the same time. Is it a necessary evil? Perhaps. We certainly don’t believe that companies should spend thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars on a relocation if there is a risk that the transferee will resign before the contracted period is up. Putting aside financial concerns for just a moment, however, I think we need to take a closer look at why payback agreements are so prevalent (94% of companies require them) and if there is a better, more effective way to ensure that talent stays on board after a transfer or assignment.

The Benefits of Relocating Transferees in December

I know that your busy relocation season is usually over the summer. Your transferees’ kids are out of school, so moving them to a new city is easier without having to pull them from the middle of a school year. But companies change and grow all year long.  Business doesn’t stop because of winter weather or holidays – at least not for more than a few days. While your company may not relocate quite as many people over the winter months and the holiday season, that doesn’t mean you don’t have transferees mid-move, looking for a new home in a new city. Luckily, there are several benefits to both relocating and buying a home at the end of the year.

Top 5 Issues HR Will Face During the Busy Relocation Season

Last week, Paige posted about how the busy relocation season has arrived. She went over the fact that the household goods aspect of your transferees’ moves will definitely pose a challenge this year due to an increase in volume and decrease in actual trucks and drivers. For your employees, the household goods moving process is, without a doubt, the most stressful piece of the relocation puzzle (well, maybe after selling the home). This week, I want to talk about some of the stresses that HR will encounter as the summer season really takes off.

Key Performance Indicators for Relocation Programs

Not long ago, we released a whitepaper titled, “How to Talk to Your CFO about Relocation.” One of the things we stressed in the piece was the important of honesty – especially when it comes to home inventory costs and risks. We also stressed that strategic HR and relocation managers should be ready to talk numbers. It’s easy to shy away from providing cost estimates to your CFO because you either don’t have them or you don’t want to dissuade buy-in due the expense. This tactic, however, is a sure fire way to breed mistrust. Most CFOs do not want surprises.

Free EBook: 20 Fascinating Facts about Generation X

Last year, we wrote an EBook about Millennials, the traits and trends that make them unique and the impact they are having on the workplace and, consequently, HR. The book was well-received and we were pleased with the discussions that followed, most of which enforced the idea that, in a multi-generational workforce, it’s important to make an effort to understand one another. Strategic HR professionals, especially, should take the time to understand the different segments of their transferee base. 

2014 HR Technology Conference: The Digital Impact on HR

Hello from the 2014 HR Technology Conference in Vegas! I hope you are having a great show.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit in on a discussion about how the digital environment is impacting strategic HR. Check out the video below for my take on how we can use marketing best practices to segment employee populations for more meaningful benefit delivery and career pathing. Agree or disagree? Please share your comments below.
 

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RICK CALANNI
VP of Business Development Northeast Region

 

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