A Word From Human Resources
Relocation and Real Estate Program Provides Edge in Recruiting
In today’s uncertain economy, employers and employees across the nation are looking for new, high-value benefits that can save an employee time and money while also fostering a positive work environment that leads to greater job satisfaction.
The positive results of a strong benefits program extend beyond just recruiting and retaining employees. In the 2011 Mercer Marketplace Survey on employee benefits, nearly 80 percent of U.S. employees said benefits are one reason why they work where they do, up from 73 percent in 2008.
Rensselaer is recognized as an employer that offers an outstanding array of benefits to employees. In addition to health benefits, additional offerings available to faculty and staff include the Pinch Hitter Backup Child and Elder Care Service, adoption reimbursement, and a comprehensive wellness program.
Now, in collaboration with Allied Van Lines, we are proud to announce a new benefit that provides assistance with relocation, moving, temporary and permanent housing options, and real estate services. The Allied Van Lines “Moving Extras” program will provide a suite of services to employees including discounted international, national, and local relocations, a 55 percent discount on interstate storage rates, full replacement value coverage up to $125,000, preferred delivery dates, and door-to-door automobile shipping at discounted rates.
Additional services include home buying and selling assistance, temporary housing assistance, rental living assistance, home marketing and mortgage assistance, and settlement services.
Nationally, housing and relocation benefits have experienced a significant decline over the last five years, but there’s real value in offering this type of benefit. We’re using our purchasing power as an institution to work with proven suppliers to help our employees keep expenses down.
To further support the program, a personal consultant will work with any interested employee or prospective employee throughout the process to address relocation, and temporary or permanent housing needs.
Today, employees in organizations of all sizes are expecting measurable rewards that go beyond compensation. Some employers have decided that they need to be more creative with developing less costly family-friendly benefits.
In today’s economy, we recognize that we need to help our employees make ends meet in new and innovative ways. Our goal is to provide Rensselaer employees with robust, cost-saving services that will enable them to develop real satisfaction about being a member of the Rensselaer community.
Curtis Powell, SPHR
Vice President for Human Resources