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You may want to take a look at your relocation policies and how you define “partner".
What if you expanded that definition to include domestic partners or family members? Or remove the definition altogether? Offering candidates and employees relocation assistance for a support person of their choosing could be the make-or-break piece of the puzzle. You would certainly stand out in your recruiting and relocation efforts. Something as simple as offering job search services for an undefined companion could be the deciding factor for a millennial worried about relocating. And really, what does it matter who the support person is, as long as your transferee is happy? The cost is the same whether for a spouse or college roommate.
As moveBuddha notes, for a transferee considering a new job offer, the relocation package should alleviate stress, make the transition relatively easy, and allow them to be productive in their new position. If your candidate knows they’ll have someone to accompany them on their move, it can address the fear of loneliness and drastically reduce their reluctance to accept a job in a new location.
Further, it’s been proven over the years that partners are key to relocation success - at least 50% of executive relocations fail and the majority of those are due to personal or family dissatisfaction. By offering non-standard relocation benefits, such as companion relocation assistance, you can not only increase offer acceptance rates, but also improve your chances of enjoying long-term relocation success.
Creating a positive first impression as an employer sets the stage for a long and successful employment term. Not only will you help transferees more easily transition into their new roles, you’ll be able to attract top talent away from competitors and show employees how much they’re valued - which at the end of the day is exactly what relocation benefits are meant for!