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Relocating Executives, Family-Style

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Relocating Executives, Family-Style

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Newspaper companies are showing a greater interest in the impact on the family of the relocated executive, recruiters say.

The shift reflects a change across today's corporate culture. Donna J. Malinak, a New Jersey-based consultant with 20 years in the relocation business, says she sees a growing awareness among companies in general of the family's needs when relocating executives.

"The reason they're doing this is, recent studies have indicated that family ties are the main reason people refuse to relocate," she says.

When recruiting candidates for top positions, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, for example, asks about the spouses' concerns and tries to help them find employment. Candidates may be treated to dinner, ball games, or horse and buggy rides.

Jim Spangler, the newspaper's vice president of human resources and labor, says he's not doing anything that other major newspapers aren't.

Competition for a limited number of qualified people is fierce, and family issues are a high priority for candidates, he says.

The same care often goes into internal relocations.

Monte Trammer, a Gannett publisher, says that Gary Watson, president of the Newspaper Division, talked to him and his wife about their likes and dislikes before moving him to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to be publisher of The Saratogian.

Trammer, who didn't know anything about the city, wanted to live in a place that had big-city sophistication; employment opportunity for his wife, a federal employee; and where he, an African-American, would be comfortable. …

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