How do you relocate employees during the winter months?

As the past few years have shown, places as far south as Atlanta aren’t immune to winter weather. And if you’ve ever

Street covered in snow with homes and cars on either side

As the past few years have shown, places as far south as Atlanta aren’t immune to winter weather. And if you’ve ever had to travel anywhere during the snow, even just getting home from work, you know how difficult it can be. Suffice to say, moving during a snowstorm is a chilly scenario few would want to tackle.

So, how should you advise employees who are slated to relocate during wintery weather?

  • Change the move date: The easiest solution is to reschedule the move until the weather improves. However, it’s not always that simple, as there are often other logistics that are scheduled around the relocation (renting a truck if doing it DIY, access to storage containers, start date for the new job, etc.). This is where working with a relocation partner like Hilldrup, who can help with those logistical issues that might arise with changing the move date, can be extremely helpful.
  • Lay a path: If the date can’t change, keeping your employees, their home and their belongings safe is critical. What we do, and recommend those attempting a DIY move do as well, is lay down floor protection, such as cardboard or carpet, inside to keep the snow and ice they might carry in from damaging any hardwood or carpet. It’s also a good practice to lay down a path outside as well to help protect them from any icy spots.
  • Let things thaw: If it’s especially cold, there’s a good chance some of their belongings sat in freezing temperatures on a moving truck. Immediately plugging in and turning on electronics, like a TV for example, can cause it to short because of the condensation that collects as it warms up. Allow for electronics to acclimate to room temperature – up to 24 hours – before using.

Something we routinely emphasize is how important it is for transferees to have, as much as possible, a stress-free relocation. This can go a long way in helping them start off on the best foot possible – and keep your retention rates up! While there’s a lot of inherent stress that comes with moving, especially during bad weather, being as flexible and accommodating as you can really demonstrates that you’re concerned for their safety and well being.