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Deck the Halls of Short-term Housing
If a new hire or transferee will be spending December in temporary housing, consider simple ways to make it a happier, homier place.
For example, gift them with a small, pre-decorated Christmas tree or Menorah. Provide them with “Christmas in a box”—i.e., a collection of holiday-themed décor, lights and garland. It’s not chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but it will add a festive touch to generic short-term rentals.
Be Sure to Include the Newbies in Your Holiday Festivities
Spending the holidays in a new city can be a lonely experience. Make sure that your newly-relocated employees are personally invited to all corporate holiday activities. And if one or two managers can find it in their hearts to invite them over for dinner or drinks, so much the better.
In addition, consider gifting newcomers with tickets to a popular holiday attraction or two. Provide them with the skinny on local events, celebrations, holiday markets and cool shopping venues.
Offer Home-for-the-Holidays Benefits
When extending a job offer that will likely result in a dreaded December relocation, consider covering a long-weekend home for the holidays, including airfare and time off, in your relocation package.
It’s a great way to differentiate yourself from other employers by showing that you “get it.” Plus, it will likely result in a happier new hire—and happy employees are more productive employees.
Add Some R&R to the Ho-Ho-Ho
While there’s no way to completely avoid the double-barreled stress of a holiday relocation, gifting a newly-arrived employee with a self-care experience—a massage, trip to a day spa, or lovely dinner with a spouse or partner, for example—may offer a welcome respite.
Besides easing stress, if only temporarily, such thoughtful gestures speak volumes about the kind of employer you are—and that will resonate, not just during the holidays, but long after Santa has come and gone.