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Helping Relocating Employees Get the Skinny on Schools
Referrals to Top School Rating Systems
Relocation providers can link employees to reputable, publicly-available online sources, such as Public School Review, GreatSchools, SchoolDigger.com and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
In addition, your relocation provider may provide employees with access to private, subscription-based databases. For example, at UrbanBound, relocating employees are free to explore Neighborhood Scout, the most comprehensive database of hyper-local real estate data.
NeighborhoodScout puts a wealth of intelligence at employees’ fingertips, including highly-detailed school info. It provides nationally-comparable school rankings, test scores, class size, learning environment and budget for nearly every U.S. school and district.
Better yet, it allows employees to conduct highly-personalized searches (based on factors like desired school quality and class size), and receive neighborhood-level recommendations—a great place to start the home-buying search.
Introductions to Leading Real-estate Agents
Obviously, experienced real-estate agents know the top school districts like the back of their hands.
Ideally, your relocation provider has developed a network of high-performing real-estate agents that understands the priorities of relocating employees, speaks their language, and can help them hone in their best options from Day One. This can be a real time and stress-saver.
Access to Coworkers’ Recommendation
Few things are more valuable than school referrals from parents who already know the area. Unfortunately, most relocating employees don’t connect with these parents until it’s too late, but pro-active relocation providers have an answer to that, too.
For example, UrbanBound’s Co-worker Insights program allows current employees to share tips and recommendations with their soon-to-be colleagues, providing invaluable real-time information that can narrow and speed the school search.
And that’s not all. Employers can also tweak their relocation policies to offer generous coverage for house-hunting trips—say, building in extra time to tour a prospective school or two. It’s a small investment that translates to big benefits in the long run.
The bottom line is, for relocating employees who have kids—or plan to—finding the right school is a very big deal. Making that process easier will speed their relocation and help them settle in faster, which translates to more focused, productive employees.
It will also help you burnish your brand as an employer of choice—and earn you straight “As” from your people.