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Don’t Trust Temporary Living Lease Terms

Yep, we said it. At times, temporary living is a necessary evil, as opposed to a relocation benefit. Semantics, to be sure, but nothing turns us off more than landlords or property management companies who pack their lease agreements with fine print clauses designed to “trap” distracted transferees into a longer lease term and/or additional fees. It’s a shame and it’s bad business but, unfortunately, it happens.

Free Whitepaper: 10 Temporary Living Rules to Live By

We’ve been talking a lot about temporary living lately – and with good reason. As we know, temporary living is one of the bigger line items in the relocation budget.  Employers, capped-budget transferees, and even those who really do care how much their move costs their company (yes, some really do!) can find themselves sticker shocked from temporary living totals.

Top 10 Predictions for the Relocation Industry in 2015

It’s time for a fresh look at the relocation industry, don’t you think?

The first quarter of every year, relocation managers, whether they be on the client side or the service side, should take the time to assess the previous year and consider what’s in store for the future. This is especially important as we are living in a constantly shifting world. Whether it’s pockets of volatility in the housing market, terrorism abroad or an uncertain regulatory environment, we are under a considerable amount of pressure to identify growing trends and react to them.

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 Whitepaper: How to Talk to Your CFO about Relocation

Out of all the executives in the c-suite of an organization, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) can be the most intimidating. We’ve all been there, right? You are running a program that goes over budget and, all of a sudden, the CFO has taken notice and is knocking on your office door. As your brain starts to work on calculations and an explanation all at once, you may find yourself a bit…panicked.

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.

Supplier Diversity is Not a Function of HR

I know, I know. So, why am I bothering to tell you about it? Well, we’ve been covering a lot of supplier diversity topics lately and I think this is an important point to make. Supplier diversity is not a function of HR BUT that does not mean that HR can’t embrace supplier diversity as an option when looking to outsource projects. What is does mean, however, is that there is a fine line between selecting a  supplier because they are diverse and  selecting a supplier because they are the best and happen to be a diverse supplier.

What’s the Difference Between a Tier I and a Tier II Supplier Diversity Spend?

As many know, XONEX Relocation is proud to be certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council as a Women’s Business Enterprise. I’m lucky enough to get to go to all the conferences. It’s a great group of people and we learn a lot from each other about supplier diversity and its impact on organizations. As such, I get asked a lot of questions about Tier I and Tier II supplier diversity spending in organizations. So much so that I recently wrote a whitepaper on supplier diversity trends. We received a lot of good feedback and it dawned on me that a blog post on Tier I and Tier II spending would be of interest to our blog readers. 

Free Whitepaper: Why Supplier Diversity Matters

Why-Supplier-Diversity-MattersWe hope everyone had a nice long weekend. This week, we are pleased to announce our latest whitepaper: Why Supplier Diversity MattersTimes have certainly changed since supplier diversity programs began to take hold in the U.S. and never has supplier diversity been stronger or more positive than it is today. More people than ever are committed to making supplier diversity networks work. Are you on board?

Switching Relocation Providers? Identify Your Transition Team.

Relocation Transition TeamSwitching relocation partners can be a daunting task. You have to meet a lot of folks, go through an extensive RFP process, sit in on presentations, travel to sites and then make your choice. Once that choice is made, you may feel a bit of relief. But, wait. Saying congratulations at this point might be premature. There are still many decisions to make, and processes to set in place, in for a smooth move. With the right partner and a solid transition team in place, however, you should be poised for success.

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MIKE CANNING
VP, Client Services

RICK CALANNI
VP of Business Development Northeast Region

 

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