The Often Overlooked Details in Employee Relocations: Thoughts from a Relocation Specialist in Greenville, South Carolina

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Work closely with relocation clients and it’s easy to understand the sheer gift of working with real people during a vulnerable moment in their lives. Living and breathing people full of hopes, dreams, aspirations, and experiences rely on other people’s skills and efforts to pave a smooth path for them.  This is usually an exciting time for a family, but it can also be a stressful time.  Relocations can shift families into fruitful and satisfying situations or sadly, they can do the opposite. 

Great care must be taken to truly understand a client’s motives in a relocation. There are the important details such as temporary living arrangements, finding housing, settling-in, learning how to get around a new area, and making new friends. If the relocation is international in nature, then the move gets more complicated if there are language and culture concerns. A relocation on the simplest level is about people needing excellent care with hopes of having the very best life possible in a new relocation – it’s the most amazing opportunity! 

It takes time to gain trust and there must be a willingness to connect on a deeper level to appreciate critical details.  It’s necessary to know the hopes and desires imbedded within the decision to pick up and move. Families will trust relocation professionals with a lot of important details, and many of them are personal. As a relocation professional in Upstate South Carolina it’s thrilling when clients become friends once a relocation is finalized.  That’s because I earnestly take an interest in the success of the whole relocation, not just the little details, but the whole “people” part of it. This is beneficial for the employing company too. It’s a great privilege to work in this capacity.

It’s one of the reasons 7 Plums, Inc. has taken small steps to create an innovative H.R. tool with hopes of aiding Human Resource Managers with one of the often overlooked details of a relocation -  connecting employment opportunities as our community talent pool grows with additional “trailing spouses and significant others”. We encourage conversations that explore new employment avenues in our community, envisioning project and contract work that will allow companies to explore growth opportunities in unchartered territories with less risk and expense. Contract and project jobs are typically for a definite period of time with a set expense – easier for a company to digest and “test” whether or not a new position will multiply income and opportunity. In the best cases these jobs would lead to full time employment. It’s worth exploring. 7 Plums is putting forth effort in this direction. Over time we will be able to gauge its effectiveness.  In the meantime, let's all keep growing forward.


Lisa Cornwell Rourk