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Provide Some of the Comforts of Home
One of the biggest challenges of living in short-term housing is the cold, antiseptic vibe so many places give off. To help employees feel more at home, make sure that your temporary housing provides welcoming amenities, such as workout equipment and/or a pet-friendly policy. Why not ask your employees what matters to them?
In addition, provide newly-arrived employees with some eye-catching “housewarming gifts” that help offset the surreal experience of entering a strange living space. For example, greet them with fresh flowers, a premium fruit basket, and/or a well-stocked coffee bar or fridge. These thoughtful touches can really make a difference.
Form a Welcome Committee
Living in short-term housing can be isolating for employees who are new to the area and on their own, so encourage community building. See that the newbie is shown around and introduced to everyone on the team. Throw a lunch or happy hour (or both!) in his or her honor.
There are always a few social butterflies in any organization—ask yours to make sure their new team member is always included in activities or invited to lunch. According to Gallup research, having just one good friend at work improves engagement and morale, something relocating employees need.
Finally, it’s important to check in regularly with newly-relocated employees to see how they’re adjusting. This can help you identify any challenges or issues they may be facing and provide support and resources as needed.
It also helps ensure that employees and their families feel supported and cared for during a potentially stressful time—the most reassuring gift you can give a new employee.
At the end of the day, short-term housing can set the stage for a successful long-term relationship. For more strategies on ensuring a stellar relocation experience, learn about UrbanBound’s groundbreaking relocation solution.