Magazine article Personnel Journal

Elder Relocation May Become a Factor in Employee Moves

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Elder Relocation May Become a Factor in Employee Moves

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As companies strive to provide a more equitable work/family balance for their employees, many are facing a new piece of the puzzle: Employees who drag their feet in relocating because of concerns for older family members.

In an effort to loosen these employees' roots a bit, some organizations offer relocation assistance to employees' parents or grandparents. One such company is Charlotte, North Carolina-based NationsBank Corp., which provides occasional relocation assistance for employees' parents, although it has no formal elder relocation program. "Over the last eight years, we've probably moved half a dozen parents of employees," says Neil Mullen, director of relocation. Mullen says that this perk has caused the company no undue strain. "What most of it has consisted of is just moving their household goods. Several employees have had their parents move in with them, when they had been living separately, so [the relocation involved] just one extra pickup."

Despite progressive companies such as NationsBank, the percentages of elder relocation are still relatively low. The 27th Atlas Van Lines Survey of Corporate Relocation Policies reported that, among 183 companies surveyed, a mere 1. …

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