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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Free Whitepaper: Top Five Client Questions for 2014

XONEX Relocation President on Relocation QuestionsI was very pleased when our communications group asked me to provide an introduction to the XONEX white paper titles, “Top Five Burning Client Questions for 2014.” This white paper is all about listening to our clients, and taking careful note of their challenges and day-to-day strategic needs. This is the part of our business that I personally get very involved with because I believe in the knowledge that we can glean from each other and, more importantly, I enjoy the open conversations that happen in the context of good partnership.

Cultural Awareness: The Do’s and Don’ts for Living in China

Have you ever experienced culture shock? It’s as disheartening as it is inevitable. When you don’t understand local customs or how to communicate, it is very easy to feel isolated and intimidated. When you add the uncertainly and stress of relocation to the mix, culture shock can easily be considered the most common reason why international assignment fail. Since culture influences everything that we do, from working with colleagues to making new friends, employers need to ensure that assignees understand local so that they can be successful in their new location.

Spouses Relocate Too

A 2013 survey done by LearnVest and Chase Blueprint® tells us that 60 percent of American families believe that a dual income is necessary in order to afford their desired lifestyle. Fifty-nine percent of millennial women believe that living together with their significant other is a legitimate lifestyle and that raising a family in such lifestyle, even without marriage, is perfectly suitable. What does this mean for relocation? It means that companies need to start paying more attention to their spousal assistance benefits.

How to Build a New Relocation Program

We get a lot of questions from clients and prospects about how to go about building a new relocation program. In fact, there are reasons to build a new program outside of the obvious reason that one does not exist. Companies that are going through a consolidation or merger will at times need a new program, as well as companies that have measured their current program only to find that it is not meeting employee needs. Further, there are many companies who may not need a whole new program, but want to tweak their policies based on exception requests and industry trends. As such, relocation programs should always be seen as works in progress that are updated after a careful review of feedback from transferees, recruiters and hiring managers.  

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