2019 AL SHRM Conference

When it comes to relocating employees, we take into consideration many factors. But what exactly are these factors? We had the privilege to interview some HR professionals during the 2019 Alabama Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference about their corporate housing and relocation experiences.

“These events bring the best of HR. THIS is where the magic happens,” said Sherry Johnson, SHRM’s Field Services Director.

The conference provides a great opportunity for our team to network with HR professionals and understand how we can better serve them. Our goal was to educate as many people as possible about why AHI Corporate Housing is essential to their industry and organizations.

Sales Support Assistant, Chiri Ouaoua at the AHI Corporate Housing booth

Q&A:

Q: Why is it important for HR professionals to work with a corporate housing agency?

A: Partnerships are critical in any area of the business. The more resources we have the more we can help others. Today, we have a tight job market and it drives the candidate experience when the HR professional has a partner to rely in to help candidates with temp housing projects, which can include relocation for the family. The experience of knowing who you re working with and having a partner to work through challenging and sometimes short notice situations will elevate the employee experience on all levels.

Q: When you are relocating someone, what is the most important thing to you?

A: When it comes to relocating candidates, the most important thing is that we understand the candidate and family needs. Everyone has a different need from pricing, to move dates, to transit time… and we must understand how to help the candidate and family achieve their goals of the relocation. Recently, we were moving a young lady that recently accepted a new position for her new company. She was juggling a lot of different things during the move and didn’t have the availability for a 2 week transit time not knowing which day her household goods would arrive during this two week timeframe. Once we recognized her need, we proposed a “container move,” which provided her with a one-day delivery at a destination that helped her with her planning. She didn’t have to guess when her goods would arrive. In this case, it was all about timing that made the experience great for her. The summer peak season often presents more challenges due to the busy season. But when we understand the relocation goal, we can focus on helping the family needs and make it a great experience for them.

– Bruce W. Waller, CRP, PHR, SHRM-CP, Vice President, Corporate Relocation

A: A calendar of events and things to do in the area. I also want to make sure that it’s safe.

– Rebecca Tipton, HR Professional– Wellstone Inc

A: I would be very interested to know as well about things to do in that town/city. I also would like a one to one set up, meaning I would like someone there who would guide me through the relocation process and always be there when I need them.

– Geani Clark, HR Professional – Yedla Management