Editor’s Letter: Relocation Remedies

headshotBy Belinda Sharr

Relocating for a new job can be stressful and intimidating for the employee. Not only do you have to get to know a new position and company, but you also have to adapt to a new city and environment at the same time.

HR professionals can make it easier on their new hires to relocate by providing advice and suggestions, which can go a long way in making an employee feel comfortable. As an employee packs up and moves into town, knowing what to do along the way is a great help. HRO Today offers many articles this month on new employees and how to get them through the door in the best possible manner.

Our relocation story on page 23 discusses the new hire experience and services for mobility. How do employers make sure the relocation experience is a positive one for the employee? How meaningful is the relocation experience? Find out how in our cover article.

We also feature a story on onboarding best practices -how technology helps new hires settle into their role quickly and efficiently. Some new technologies include cloud-based learning management systems (LMS), event apps, and social media platforms. Read more about these on page 49.

Once an employee has relocated and is on board, it’s crucial to keep them engaged. Our article on employee engagement techniques on page 37 explains how to improve low engagement levels. Gallup says the percentage of employees in the workforce who put their attention and energy into their jobs is only 13 percent worldwide and 32 percent in the U.S.

To help you with your relocation process, check out our 2016 Baker’s Dozen relocation list on page 9. And to learn more about the latest trends in HR services, technology and analytics, and to experience great networking opportunities with the leading minds in HR, please join us at the HRO Today Forum May 2-4 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. To learn more about this event, read our preview on page 31, which discusses new topics and tracks for 2016.

If you have any tips on relocation, or any other comments on our content, please email me at

Belinda Sharr
Tags: March 2016

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