If you are required to make a move by your employer, I am sure you are wondering whether or not they will be footing the bill. Typically if the employer is requesting your relocation they will chip in for some or all of the costs for moving.
Asking your employer for some help is reasonable, but it’s natural to feel apprehensive about bringing up the topic. Here’s how you can handle this conversation in the most professional and effective way possible.
Identify What You Need
When it comes time to negotiate with your employer about the relocation, make sure that you let him know what your needs will be in this process. How is this move going to affect you and your family? How would you like your employer to help? For example, you might request that your employer help with:
The cost of hiring a moving company.
Assistance with early lease termination fees.
Help with mortgage payments until your old home sells.
Temporary housing costs.
Childcare cost assistance.
Know What to Expect
Should you expect your employer to cover all your move related expenses? That varies on a case by case basis. According to a survey conducted by Allied Van Lines, about 26% of those surveyed received help with some moving expenses. About 16% received help with living expenses. Nearly 30% received no help whatsoever.
The amount of help you can expect depends on several factors. For example, large companies are more likely to have standardized policies. You are also more likely to get financial assistance if you are relocating for an executive level position.
The best way to begin is to contact employer’s HR department and ask if they have an employee relocation policy. If so, request a copy. If you are using a recruiter, he or she should be able to find this information for you.
Make Your Request Attractive and Reasonable
Regardless of your company’s standards, you are more likely to get the help you want if you present your request in an attractive manner.
If your employer were to help, how would this benefit them?
For example, you might make this about job performance. If your employer can help with some of the expense and hassle of relocation, it will be easier for you to jump right in and get to work without distraction.
You could also recommend a trusted moving companies that work with a lot of clients and their work relocation.
At Express Moving Consultants, we work with the customer and/or employer directly to make sure that everyone is on the same page and comfortable with pricing and services that we offer. Since we do handle a good amount of these kinds of moves, we are also able to offer discounted rates to those who qualify!
To learn more about how we can help you with this, you can call us at (866) 295-7772 or request pricing on our website. Contact us today and we look forward to moving you!