Transferee life may be more attractive to younger workers
Many companies evaluating their corporate relocation programs may find that convincing more experienced employees to transfer is more difficult, since they are already settled and have established families. However, younger employees may not only be more easily convinced to relocate, but they could be interested in global move opportunities from the outset.
Many people of "Generation X" are not particularly receptive of mobility for many reasons, reports Human Resource Executive Online. One of the main reasons is many have not been excited about moving away from family members and familiar surroundings.
However, those in "Generation Y" are not as stubborn when it comes to the idea of moving around the country, or beyond. Nearly nine in 10 of this generation are open to a move to another part of the country, while two in five would like to participate in a global relocation, the news source said, citing a study of employees.
"They are a generation who wants to move for more money or for the next opportunity that's going to increase their capabilities," says HR executive Nina Ramsey. "Whether it's to a large city or a small town, if it's going to meet their next career-development goal, that's what's going to drive them to move."
Another factor that has affected moving sentiment for younger people is the poor job market and significant unemployment levels in the U.S. As more people leave college and look for opportunities, they may find that their current geographical area does not have many job openings, but other regions may have greater demand for their particular skill set. Having an opportunity in an area they aren't familiar with may be more attractive, as it could open them up to new and exciting situations.
Technology has also made the idea of relocating for young transferees much less stressful, as they have grown up with social media and other technologies that make it easier for people to keep in contact while far away. Since this generation is so comfortable keeping in contact with others through technology, they may be more apt to consider a move, and be more motivated for their new opportunity.
It is important for companies who want to relocate younger employees to provide the full scope of the relocation and new opportunity upfront, HREO explained. While younger transferees may require a heightened amount of guidance dealing with a new job and city, these transferees will be less expensive to relocate, as they have fewer attachments.
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