How to Conquer Corporate Relocation

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How to Conquer Corporate Relocation

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Your company is relocating you? Congratulations! Hopefully it’s due to your growing skill set, which is earning you a next level opportunity. Alternatively, it’s because your boss had no other recourse for your lunchtime habit of microwaving fish (nobody likes the smelly kid…not even Pig Pen).

So what do you do now? Let’s start with an important life mantra – repeat after me “You don’t get what you don’t ask for”. Now say it again, “You don’t GET what you don’t ASK for”. This spans many aspects of life, but is especially applicable to the corporate relocation process.

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Your parents are going to ask you a zillion questions so you might as well have some answers for them besides the destination of your one-way ticket. Prove to them, and your company, that you’re ready for this opportunity by playing this simple game of Q&A, which will satisfy even the most nervous parental units. Because, let’s be honest, it’s really about “Happy mom, all is calm”.

  • Moving expenses – How much money is included in the relocation package for moving expenses? Is it a lump sum you can spend on anything or are there restrictions on the types of reimbursable expenses? Can the money be applied to the relocation of a family pet if necessary?
  • Initial housing – Is corporate funded housing provided and how long can you stay there?
  • Finding long-term housing – Is there a housing agent they can set you up with? Is there any monthly stipend/financial assistance for housing?
  • Home visits – Are round-trip flights home included for you and your family and if so how many? If it’s long haul are they business or coach?
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  • Insurance – What international medical coverage will you be on and when does it start? Does it also cover your family?
  • Technology – Is a company provided international cell phone or laptop included?
  • Visas – Does the company facilitate and fund the work visa process? How much time and what materials are needed to obtain the visa?
  • Salary – Will you be paid in local currency? If yes then when does the exchange rate lock in? Will there be a cost of living adjustment?
  • Paid Time-Off – Will your amount of PTO revert to local labor laws? If the number of days will decrease can that be negotiated? Can a week of moving/transition be included that does not count against your PTO?
  • Contract – How long is the work relocation contract? What is the penalty if you break it?
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Arachnophobia, germaphobia, claustrophobia, and the lesser spoken about BOSSOPHOBIA. Whether it is about raises, work hours, contracts or new ideas, many confident, head strong people wilt in the presence of their superiors. Why you may ask? Maybe because they hold the key to whether we eat cup-of-noodles or filet mignon, or maybe because we just don’t want to poke the bear. Either way, becoming a nervous mute prior to your relocation is not ideal. So snap out of it!

If your company has asked you to relocate then they believe you’re strong enough to survive it. Prove to them you’re on top of your game by coming to them with a list of thoughtful questions. Relocation doesn’t have to be scary, especially when you have the support of your company.

Just don’t microwave any fish on your first day in the new office!

Why not?!

By |2016-11-02T21:23:51+00:00June 11th, 2016|Expat, Travel Tips|


  1. Marianne June 11, 2016 at 9:05 PM - Reply

    Another great post!!!!

  2. Ilene June 11, 2016 at 9:21 PM - Reply

    This “parental unit” has become more used to each move as Erica, Sunday and Rae give us more places to visit them around the world?

  3. Samuel June 11, 2016 at 9:51 PM - Reply

    Perfext text, those questions will make a big difference when you out there.

  4. mark June 11, 2016 at 10:08 PM - Reply

    Hello Erica
    Great thoughts on relocation, from one who has done it many times like you and Funday.

    The 2 most important statements you made were:
    1 – “You don’t get what you don’t ask for”.

    2 – If your company has asked you to relocate then they believe you’re strong enough to survive it. Prove to them you’re on top of your game by coming to them with a list of thoughtful questions.

    Your company needs to know, right from the start, that you are both COMPETENT & CONFIDENT taking on this opportunity. Independent thinking is why they are sending you to the other side of the world. Your need to prove that are you an independent thinker by PUSHING BACK. Some people call it HAZARD PAY, because you will be all alone and whem shit goes south… as it always does… you will survive and grow with each experience.

    I also believe that when one is offered a chance to relocate, the company’s 2nd choice is far less appetizing, so with wearing your newly won crown and holding your newly earned scepter, take this power out for a walk. Showing weakness with your superiors will only lay groundwork for more concessions down the rode.

    So when have you reached the point of ENOUGH and it’s time to run with your bag of goodies?

    Well… there is a saying in the farming business… IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD THEM SQUEAL, YOU HAVEN’T PUSHED ENOUGH.

    Last point from your company’s point of view… They need a “risk taker” to be the face of their company, and how better to prove to them your are that “risk taker”, then by pushing the envelop right from the start.


  5. Deane June 12, 2016 at 12:50 AM - Reply

    Where were you when I relocated? Oh, I know…college.

  6. Estefani June 12, 2016 at 6:23 AM - Reply

    I really like your blogs, they’re fun, informative & inspiring!!! Glad to see you, Chris & your gorgeous baby girl enjoying it to the fullest! ??

    • The Worldwide Webers June 12, 2016 at 11:19 AM - Reply

      Thanks Estefani!! So glad you’re enjoying the blog!

  7. Juanita Shippy June 13, 2016 at 6:31 PM - Reply

    Congrats – Two very smart people and you both will do more than well in life. Great job, God bless. Love it.
    How is that cute baby?

    • The Worldwide Webers June 14, 2016 at 9:38 AM - Reply

      Thanks Juanita! That cute baby is doing very well and is officially mobile! Travel will never be the same now that she’s crawling 🙂

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