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Takeaway #6: Some Yet-to-Relocate Hires Are Already Working from Pre-Move Locations
What happens when you need an international hire on the job now, global shutdown notwithstanding? After much thought, some tech firms are allowing new hires to onboard and work remotely from their pre-move relocation.
One such tech employer creating a task force composed of global immigration attorneys, tax experts and mobility pros to address the issue. They concluded that it’s a legitimate business strategy, provided those employees have work authorization in their origin countries.
Takeaway #7: Summer Internships Are Here, There and Everywhere
Many tech employers are deeply committed to their summer internship programs, both as a recruiting strategy and as a way to nurture young talent. However, this year, our roundtable participants are taking different approaches to their internship programs in light of COVID-19. We learned that:
- Some tech companies have suspended their 2020 internship programs altogether. (Although if they extended a formal offer, they are honoring their promised stipends.)
- Others are arranging virtual internship programs, with the hope that their interns will be able to eventually visit their corporate campuses and enjoy a taste of the full internship experience.
- Still others are continuing to move forward with onsite internships, particularly for their top recruits.
From UrbanBound’s perspective: we are currently managing 2,000 domestic intern relocations. We’re helping employers take additional steps to secure social distancing protocols, such as arranging single bedroom housing. We’ve also found that securing housing—and receiving the needed stipend 30 days prior to their start date —remains the intern population’s #1 concern in 2020.
Takeaway #8: Virtual Team-building is a Priority
Many recruiting and relocation teams are leveraging videoconferencing technology to stay connected and motivated while working remotely. Some are holding morning coffee breaks. Others are hosting weekly wine-downs (aka winddowns). One CEO is giving weekly “fireside chats” from his kitchen.
These sessions are part work and part play. In addition to providing project updates and brainstorming, teams are providing each other with camaraderie and morale support. For example, one department takes a virtual walk together each week. Others are playing a range of digital group games. A few that came highly recommended include Drawful by Jackbox Games, Scattergories by Swellgarfo, and virtual beer pong. Our participants reported that these small steps are making a big difference.
Takeaway #9: It’s Wise to Get Relocating Employees Started Now
Relocating is stressful at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic. The more time employers can give relocating employees to prepare for their move, and the more information they can provide, the smoother the transition will be—whenever it takes place.
Case in point: at UrbanBound, we’re encouraging our clients to invite their transferees onto our relocation portal as soon as possible. There, they can learn about housing, neighborhoods, and schools in advance of their home-finding trip. They can find tips from new coworkers regarding commuting, the dress code, even lunch options. And they can get detailed advice on managing the challenges presented by COVID-19—so, despite everything—they can approach their relocation with anticipation instead of trepidation.
UrbanBound has always found tech companies to be among the earliest adopters of our tech-driven approach to relocation management. Our user-friendly portal accommodates both traditional relocation policies and the more flexible programs they increasingly seek. It provides relocating employees with extensive information about their new areas in advance of home-finding trips. It also simplifies the logistics of moving—which has become even more important now, as physical travel has become more challenging.
In short, our tech-driven relocation management company modernizes the way companies relocate their employees, while reducing costs by more than 25%. If you want to learn more about UrbanBound, please request a demo.