When you have a new hire who’s relocating to join your company, part of the burden falls on you to help make the process as easy as possible for this individual. Relocating is stressful regardless of the distance, so here are some tips for lowering your new team member’s stress levels as much as possible:
Go over your relocation policy thoroughly ahead of time
Give the new employee a hard copy of your relocation policy and go over it in detail. They should know exactly what costs the business will pay for, as well as what they’ll be paying for on their own.
Give them tips
If you’ve lived in the area for a while, you might be able to provide suggestions that your new team member finds helpful. If they have young children, what are the areas that feature good school districts? Where can they live so that they have an easy commute to work? Have you heard of any reputable moving companies? These firsthand suggestions are highly valuable for someone who is trying to get comfortable in a new city or state.
Use technology to help them get acclimated
Many times people become nervous when they’re unsure of what to expect. Technology can help take this out of the equation. By having a video conversation with your new hire, you can show them what their new office looks like, and even introduce them to their future colleagues. This way, they have some idea about what they’re walking into before their first day even begins. It’s a small step, but it can actually be a major stress reliever when an employee is relocating to join your team.
No matter how many times that person has moved in the past, it’s always a major undertaking. Be empathetic to this, and make it a point to welcome your new hire when they arrive in town. Perhaps offer to meet them for dinner the first night they arrive, particularly if they’re moving without family members. Let them know that you’re glad to have them join you in the city.
Designate a veteran employee to help them get settled
Proper onboarding is a very important part of retention for all employees, but this is especially true when a new hire has relocated for the position. Designate a veteran employee not only to help with training, but also to ensure that your new team member is feeling comfortable in their city. Even something as small as providing recommendations about good dentists or doctors can be immensely helpful for someone who’s recently relocated.
How have you helped new employees to get comfortable as they relocate for a job? Share with us in the comments!