When your company announces that you're being relocated, you may be nervous about what that means for your career, your family and your home. Knowing what to expect can help alleviate those nerves. Here's what to expect when you're relocated.
You'll be given ample time.
Corporations understand that when you've live in one place for a while, you'll have lots of little things to do before you can leave. Though there are no governing federal laws as to how much notice a company has to give you, most companies will give you ample time. They may not be able to give you a specific date in the beginning, but they will typically be able to give you a general range, such as in the next 3 or 6 months.
You'll have choices about your new home.
A corporate relocation is a relocation to a new employer premises, not a new home. In other words, a private sector company won't and can't tell you what house you're going to live in unless they are paying for it and you agree to it. In most cases, you'll be able to choose your own new home in the new locale. In some instances, the company may subsidize your rental costs up to a certain amount. Then if you choose to live somewhere more expensive, you simply pay the difference.
They will pay for packing your stuff.
When your company relocates you, they will pay for the cost of the move, including hiring a corporate moving company to pack your household goods and furnishings. The moving company, acting on the corporation's behalf, will come in and pack everything from your kid's toys to your husband's heirloom piano. However, you don't have to allow these movers to pack and move all your belongings. If you own certain things that you're nervous about having strangers handle, then by all means, pack them yourself. You can even rent a truck and move your cherished possessions yourself and let the hired movers take care of the rest.
They will help with paperwork.
If you're being relocated to a foreign country, it's common for the company to take care of necessary paperwork. This may include procuring a visa for you and your family members, certification and transport for your pets, and letters of employment for the immigration office.
As a valued employee, your company wants you to focus on your new job position instead of the details of the move. That's why they are willing to help take care of so many things to make your transition as easy as possible for you and your family. For more information on moving and transportation, contact a professional like Bekins Van Lines Inc.