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Crowdsourcing Mobility Tips from Your Workforce
Relocating employees have myriad questions they need answered in order to make informed moving decisions. Sure, they can obtain information online, including housing prices and school district ratings. But there’s a world of granular, real-life relocation data and advice they simply can’t find online.
Here’s where your current employees’ input is invaluable. They already have the inside scoop—they live it. In short, they have answers to your relocating employees’ most pressing questions, including:
- What are the best towns and neighborhoods to live in, for singles and/or families—and why?
- What’s the best way to commute to work? What’s the deal with the city’s mass transit?
- What bank/gym/grocery stores/restaurants do you like and why? Any that should be avoided?
- What are the best places to go to lunch?
By polling your workforce and sharing their collective responses with relocating employees, you will not only help them acclimate, but achieve what’s important to them, such as finding a great, kid-friendly neighborhood. The question is: how do you do it?
How to Collect and Share Relocation Data
Unfortunately, the relocation management industry is generally behind when it comes to crowdsourcing mobility data. Because most relocation management companies (RMCs) don’t have a formal process for collecting and sharing employee recommendations, transferring/relocating employees often end up with generic “googled” answers rather than accurate, first-person information. This can put the relocation outcome at risk.
However, UrbanBound’s relocation management software was designed to facilitate crowdsourcing, providing a user-friendly platform that allows employers to collect and share key relocation data in a highly-consumable format.
Collaborating with employers, UrbanBound surveys their workforce to obtain answers to commonly asked relocation questions, customizing each survey to be relevant to the company, workforce and location. The compiled, curated relocation data—called Co-Worker Insights—is available to your relocating employees when they log onto their UrbanBound account.
In effect, the relocating employee can virtually pick their future coworkers’ brains for individualized advice and recommendations. Crowdsourcing mobility data not only helps the employee make more informed relocation decisions, it helps them get to know their coworkers in advance—better setting them up for success on day one. Want to see how it works? Watch our two-minute overview.