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Relocation Best Practises in Cases of Mergers & Acquisitions

As the global business environment continues to change and evolve, it is common for companies to be involved in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as a means to further expand their organizations. There are many complex elements involved in an M&A, and managing the movement of your key talent is one critical piece.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Why Can Mergers and Acquisitions Be Such a Challenge?

While no M&A situation is exactly the same, relocation is one area that most organizations have very little experience in navigating. Proactive planning of a merger and acquisition process can anticipate some, but not all, of the mobility decisions that need to be made. Areas that can add complexity include

  • Size of the merger
  • Differing corporate cultures
  • Geographies
  • Budget
  • Benefit levels

Relocation’s Place in a Merger

The task of implementing a new relocation policy may involve many obstacles. Relocation professionals play a pivotal role in managing the mobility aspects of an effective transition. Aspects of successful relocation program implementation may include:

There many things that go into the success of an M&A, but following are just a few pre- and post-announcement critical items:

Before Announcement of the M&A

  • Identify key contacts and project owners.
  • Schedule time within your organization to outline things like expatriate demographics, vendor roles and global mobility policy components.
  • Review timing and key activities.

After Announcement of the M&A

  • Analyse the previous and new employer’s relocation packages side by side.
  • Schedule time to review relocation benefits with employees and allow them to ask questions.
  • Develop a training guide to quickly educate relocation team on new policy and procedures.
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Time to take a stock – Employee Moving? Mobility Managers do Read…

As 2018 eases in, and we are done with January 2018, it is time to gear up for the busy relocation season. All mobility professionals all over would be looking and re evaluating the number of moves they will be managing this year. IOS Relocations brings you 5 ways which can prepare your employees for the move:

  1. Authorize your destination service providers at the earliest. This will ensure that the destination consultant has enough heads up to work on the requirements for appropriate housing and schooling options. Preparation is the best mechanism which we have for meeting the desired moving dates and having within desired budget relocation.
  2. Assignment Preview Trips Or Look see Programs are a very good tool to ensure that your employees get a feel for the location which they would be moving into. The cost of the assignment preview trip clearly offsets the benefits for the assignee to get running on the ground when they actually move in. It has been proved that the look see programs make an assignee 40% more productive as opposed to visiting the destination city for the first time when the assignment begins.
  3. One to the pillars of success for our business is setting appropriate expectations. Hence, it is very key to be transparent with the relocating employees on the situation of the housing in the destination city, availability of admission in the schools.
  4. Moving features very high on an anxiety source for a human being. The correct advice on how much to move, and how to donate or eliminate items which are not used or not required, will go a long way in ensuring that the move is as stress free as possible.
  5. A more flexible relocations policy to include adding smaller shipments and other variations such has an all-inclusive lumpsum amount towards certain relocation benefits.

In conclusion, working with the relocating employees well in advance ensures and overall success for the entire process. You could reach out to IOS Relocations via for guidance on Destination services, Immigration services, Packing & Moving services, Cross- cultural training services.

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Budget Relocations… Global Mobility on a shoe string

Money is a commodity which will invariably be in short supply. As mobility teams continue to face ever-tightening budgets, what can companies do to make sure that every rupee spent on the relocation program counts? It’s a question raised by many of our clients.

In today’s new business environment, most of companies have already undergone years of cost saving initiatives. Certainly, compensation and benefits is one area that they have already cut back on for most, if not all, of their international assignees. So, now that those gains have been realized and reported in quarterly business reviews with much fanfare, where else can we look to reduce cost?

Understanding the Inputs and Outputs of Your Mobility Program

A thorough understanding of the inputs and outputs of your mobility program is key to stretching your budget further. Companies that make the most significant savings over time look at every aspect of their mobility program and do this on a continuous basis. If you don’t have a strong sense of the objectives for each of your international assignments, it’s impossible to allocate resources effectively.

Don’t Underestimate the Little Things

In addition to looking at the bigger picture, we shouldn’t neglect to review program components like housing, household goods shipments, schooling and language training. For example, we’re seeing online language training classes fast-becoming a viable option. Having improved in quality over the years, virtual training offers assignees and their families both flexibility and strong learning outcomes.

If you work in the global mobility space, do hit up on the comments below, what cost saving have you brought about, we would love to hear from you, and maybe feature your companies efforts in a series of blogs.

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Technology, Changing the Global Mobility Space Forever!

Knock Knock… who is there? Technology…. Technology who? Technology, who is changing the global mobility space for ever!

Technology is changing all our lives and impacting organizations in all industries. The relocation industry could not be an exception to this sweeping change. So, what’s driving the evolution of technology in employee mobility task? And which new technologies are just around the corner? And how can you take advantage of the same, while planning your employees’ relocation?

Technology Changing the Global Mobility Space for Ever The self-serve models we’re seeing today have been driven primarily by the new devices that we not only work with, but use constantly in our daily lives. Siri and Google Assist are a common part of everyday life now, helping us answer questions, monitor our homes, and remind us of our grocery list. A virtual relocation assistant to help you answer relocation questions and submit paperwork can’t be far off.

Data analytics will be telling companies how to spend their relocation budget wisely. Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, driver-less trucks—the stuff of science fiction stories 30 years ago—all have the potential to change the face of the relocation industry. Drones are a reality today, and their current commercial use is that of an enhanced selfie stick. However, this disruptor can be major differentiator in the space of lifting objects via air instead of stair carry in the near perceivable future.

While the pace of change in today’s technology is at times overwhelming, all industries are facing this together and innovation will continue to be the order of the day going forward. The relocation industry is one that is used to adapting and changing with the times and employee trends.

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Hello… My name is Millennial, and you are relocating me!

“Can I get an iced, venti, java chip frappe with one pump of fresh cream please?”

You read that right, in something as simple as a coffee order, we see a generation so specific with their preferences that it has sprouted endless memes (another favourite of Millennials) online. And like their coffee order, relocation is viewed with that same customizable lens for Millennials, causing a shift in the way our clients, our partners and we , view our services and our delivery. Generally, across the relocations that we manage, Gen X moves still form at least 46% of the relocating population, but Millennials have caught up with them fast and in some tech companies and online market places , this group surpasses the other generations by as much as 30%.

According to Pew Research, Millennials have become the largest living generation, with 75.4 million in the U.S. alone, and in their Millennial Survey, Deloitte indicated that they are projected to form 75% of the global workforce by 2025.

Millennial state of mind

Relocating Millennials – What You Should Know

With statistics like these, it is safe to say we are moving, and will continue to move, more Millennials than ever before. Based on our extensive experience thus far, here are three key factors to remember when it comes to relocating this future workforce:

Flexibility in policy design

is important. Flexibility and choice are core elements of a Millennial’s DNA. This focus on flexibility and choice is reflected in the increasing focus around menu approaches and lump sum. Being able to allocate funds and support in accordance with their unique priorities is something that is important to this population.

Speed and clarity of communication

is key. Millennials demand transparency and speed. Being the first generation who grew up with a constant connection to the worldwide information, Millennials are used to reviewing a great deal of information as part of their decision-making process. When moving Millennials, there is a greater need to clarify the intent behind relocation guidance, provide the context and background of any recommendations, as well as expand on the rationale behind exception decisions. Also, with the explosion of messaging in the past two decades, from the initial Internet Relay Chats to Facebook Messenger to WhatsApp, Millennials have come to expect faster access to help when they need it, instant dialogue, information on demand, as well as real-time feedback. In short, millennials have a tendency to be trigger happy with their tweets, can be good or bad experience, the need to tell the world and the need to tell the world now drives this behaviour.

Seamless use of technology

With our mobile phones prompting an app or system update at least twice a week, Millennials are not only comfortable with technology, but they expect to use it as a key part of their relocation. Whether for an expense submission or retrieving a document sent several months ago, access to information at their fingertips is a basic expectation. Not only should the data be available, the information should also flow from one platform to another as easily as the “Share” button on Facebook.

This is the first in our series of Mr. Millennial, over the next few months we will be sharing more on the unique ways in which this sub section of the human species look at global mobility as a business function.

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Moving with Children Internationally? Read on…

Moving internationally can be a unique opportunity for every member of a family. It can be financially rewarding for the working member of the family, could be a long-standing dream of the spouse to be able to live in a different country.  However, when children are involved, it’s wise to communicate early and often concerning the transition. With 61% of organizations reporting “families’ inability to adapt to the host location” as a primary reason for assignment failure (based on a report published by a leading global relocation company), this remains a critical issue to consider.

Moving International with Children - Read on

As a result, it is recommended that each family member’s feelings about the move be considered while taking up an international relocation assignment.

  • Organizations are encouraged to listen, be supportive of the mixed feelings and, if possible, include cross-cultural training programs for children. This will help to remind children that although they may miss their old friends, there is also a “world” of new friends to be met in the new location, and new relationships to be forged and explored.


  • The assignee’s attitude and enthusiasm will be important and will encourage children to feel that way, too. A happy family helps to promote a successful relocation assignment, always and this becomes even more important in a place like India, which is culturally so diverse.


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Relocating to India: Know What You are Getting Into!

India has grown significantly in the last 2 decades. The Unity in Diversity Country is at its bursting seams and as per government data the population is predicted to reach 1.4 billion in 2030, surpassing that of China. The sheer mass of people is a shock to most western expats as they have not experienced such population density back home.

Relocating to India: Know What You are Getting Into!

Housing in India

India is predominantly a landlord-driven market where demand exceeds supply. As a result, IOS consultants always advice that once an assignee finds a property they like, they act as quickly as possible, and have at least 2 back up options should the preferred property fall through during the negotiation phase. The lease negotiation and verification process is long and littered with many bends, a professional relocation company is your best bet to traverse this path.


India is home to a number of well-acclaimed international schools, but it is essential to apply early, as places are limited and long waiting lists are common. Schools in India will only co-ordinate with parents and do not liaise with any third party, even if it’s a relative of the family.So your relocation partner can source information, and arrange tours. However, the application process is largely managed by the assignee.


India is a developing nation; hence it is not uncommon to see disruptions to one’s routine due to a construction of a metro rail or a flyover. Traffic in most major cities in India moves slowly. Road traffic congestion is common due to the increasing number of vehicles on the road. In addition, lane discipline and pedestrians walking between vehicles add to recurring traffic jams and accidents. It is recommended that expatriates do not drive in India, as the traffic conditions may be highly unfamiliar to many. Most companies typically provide their assignees with a car and driver for the duration of the assignment.

Conducting Business in India

There are 18 official languages in India and more than 1,500 dialects, so approaching India as a single culture is a mistake that needs to be avoided to ensure your success in this important emerging market. India is more like the European Union, governed by a single central government. The number-one rule for working effectively in India is the importance of building relationships. Another key cultural factor when doing business is the importance of ‘high context’ communication. It is important to pay close attention to what is being said and also what is not being said;  reading between the lines and listening for hidden messages. Relationships drive business in India, so taking the time to invest in long-term business relationships is a win-win for everyone.

Moving to India anytime soon? Drop us a note on and we will be glad to answer any questions and provide with the correct assistance.

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Relocation Companies? Are they really Needed?

The world is a global village, where there are opportunities of interaction and growth round the block, in a different state or on a different continent all together.

Importance of Relocation Companies - Are they really Needed

Hence, you need your employees to be constantly ready to relocate for short term or for extended duration of times. Also, it is just not the employee, also their families. This brings in a host of challenges. It is an inconvenience for the employee and it usually results in a brief period of miscommunication and poor productivity while everything settles into place. If you want to minimize the problems involved in this kind of transfer, you might want to consider hiring a professional relocation company.

Below we will provide a list of valus which professional relocation companies bring to the table.

Exceptional Value for your employee, Actual as well as perceived

Unless you are a company making more money than you know what to do with, you are probably hesitant to spend money where you do not need to. Let the employee hire their own packing & moving, right? You have a point-person in place at the destination, what more do you need to offer? Plenty of companies take this approach to relocating an employee and it typically costs them heavily in the long run. Here is why. One, it brings down morale. This employee is tossing their life upside down for your company and you are giving very little in return. Two, it usually leads to confusion, which leads to a loss of productivity. You need your people settled and performing as soon as possible. With companies that provide corporate relocation management, you will boost morale, cut down on that lost productivity, and complete the transfer in a timely, efficient and professional manner.

Adaptation Assistance, at a lower cost than running your own show

If you are frequently sending your employees to work in other locations, you will need one of two things: an in-house department dedicated to these transfers or a good relocation management company who can work with you on each move. This is up to you, but you will almost surely save money by outsourcing the work. These companies are dedicated to performing this valuable service. Opening your own department puts you in the position of running a relocation service you know little about, drawing resources away from your primary focus. By signing on with a single professional company for all your relocation needs, you will have the equivalent of an in-house department, except for the fact that it will come complete with experience, industry resources and expertise.

Speed of execution, with little or no tactical baggage

Think about the last time you moved. Even if the actual move only took a day or so, the organizational time likely took weeks, if not months. Now imagine how much faster it would have happened if you had professional services helping you with every step. From home disposition services to getting you settled into your new job and moving your belongings, a good relocation service can handle it all. It lets your employees focus on the work they need to do to make your business the best it can be.

In conclusion, do you need one of these companies? It depends. If you are rolling in profits, have employees who would remain loyal even in the face of negligence, and you can afford to waste time getting new offices up and running, you may not. If you value your employees and want to make their relocation go as smoothly and quickly as possible, however, you cannot afford anything less.

For more information on how IOS Relocations can help you with your relocation needs, please visit or drop us an email on, we look forward to hearing from you.

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