February 5, 2015

Tips for Piloting your Relocation Program in Switzerland

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Tips for Piloting your Relocation Program in Switzerland

While companies are busy planning their corporate relocation programs, 80 balloons from 20 countries took to the skies over the last week for the world famous annual “Balloon Week” in the Alpine village of Château-d’Oex in the canton of Vaud. In both cases, careful planning including assessment of the challenges and checking of instrumentation was required.

The Challenges of Relocation in Switzerland

To help companies pilot their relocation programs, Cartus is pleased to share the results of a recent relocation poll we conducted in Switzerland. When HR managers were asked whether they expected their relocation programs to grow in 2015, 84 percent of respondents said they did.

The biggest challenges for relocation programs into Switzerland included housing (24%), cost control (20%), compliance (15%), immigration/visa (15%), and intercultural/language issues (13%). But how can HR/relocation managers ensure that their programs do not veer off course?

Before lift-off, you may want to consider these questions:

Housing: How can you ensure accessibility to available properties?

Cost control: How can you control costs without compromising on quality?

Compliance: How compliant is your relocation program?

Immigration/Visa: What can you do to ensure successful and timely applications?

Intercultural/Language: How suitable is the assignee (and partner/family) to life in Switzerland?

Cartus has been delivering tried and tested solutions for international relocation services since 1979, the same year as the inaugural Château-d’Oex “Balloon Week.” As expected and reported in our article in the Careers section of Le Temps (9 Jan 2015), cost control features highly in today’s relocation programs.

To find out more about how Cartus can help you steer your relocation program, please contact me at our Geneva office on +41.22.307.22.82 or audren.gudiksen@cartus.com, or visit Cartus’ exhibition stand at Personal Swiss 14/15 April at the Messezentrum Zurich.

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Audren Gudiksen

About Audren

Audren Gudiksen is based in Cartus’ Geneva office and speaks French, German, English, and Danish. Now in a business development role, Audren's relocation experience includes two years as an on the ground destination specialist for Cartus in Switzerland.

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