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Relocating Employees – Common Mistakes Companies Make

March 19, 2019

If your employees are moving to work for you, don’t make it too difficult for them. Relocating employees is a complex process and there are a lot of details that need to be taken care of. However, it’s essential that it is done right – because it can be quite a stressful experience for your employee if the move isn’t handled well.

Unfortunately, many companies drop the ball on this part of the contract, by not paying enough attention to supporting their employees during the move. Here are some mistakes that you should avoid, so that you can help your employees make a seamless transition.

Common Mistakes When Relocating Employees

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Not Communicating With The Employee

Do your best to keep the employee informed about everything that will happen during the move, including all of the details about where they will stay, how their belongings will be transported and what paperwork they need to fill out when they arrive.  This will help to keep the employee in the loop and ensure that they are not confused when they arrive. Don’t assume that they will know what to expect!

Not Having a Clear Budget

Relocating an employee can be expensive, but it can be even more costly if you don’t have a clear picture of the costs. Having a budget is important, as it allows you to plan out how much you have to spend on each aspect of the relocation and accurately predict your expenses.

Remember, when making a budget it’s always a good idea to add on an extra 20% at the end, just to account for any surprises that might occur during the relocation process.

Not Helping Them to Get Set up

There are a lot of things that your employee will need to set up when they arrive in their new location – destination orientations, school find, settling services, legal services, temporary housing, bank account, phone number, internet, etc. Do your best to support them with this and help them to set it all up.

They will appreciate the help and it will assist them in making the transition go much more smoothly, so that they can settle into their new home more easily.

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Finding Unsuitable Accommodation

Another mistake that companies make when relocating employees is that they don’t put enough thought into choosing the accommodation where the employee will stay temporarily before they can move into their new home.

As a result, the employee ends up staying somewhere in an unsuitable location and without necessary amenities.

Our apartments are a great option for an employee relocation. These fully furnished apartments offer a spacious living area, bedroom and kitchen – so that the employee can settle in and feel at home. Plus the convenient location means they won’t be far from work. To find out more, contact us today!

Downtown Toronto, Food & Recipes, Lifestyle talk, toronto toursim

5 Downtown Toronto Restaurants to Dine At

November 1, 2018

Downtown Toronto RestaurantsDowntown Toronto Restaurants – With such a multicultural population, there is a varied culinary landscape – you can take a trip around the world every time you go out to eat. Toronto’s pubs and bars have also been elevating their menus, in order to attract drinkers with a discerning palate. There’s something for every appetite and taste in this great city.

Here are a few great downtown Toronto restaurants to check out during your stay at the Livmore:

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka – Downtown Toronto Restaurants

When you are craving a big, steaming, satisfying bowl of noodles – this is the place to go. This restaurant originated in Japan in the 1980s, when founder Hitoshi Hatanaka made a goal to create delicious ramen and dedicated himself to perfecting the recipe via trial and error. Santouka serves up rich, fatty broth with fresh, springy noodles and delicious pork cheek that just melts in your mouth ~ Only a 10 minute walk from The Livmore building.

Richmond Station

This unique restaurant only buys whole animals, so the kitchen is always coming out with creative uses for the Downtown Toronto Restaurantsvariety of off-cut meats. They are committed to local ingredients and they also make most things by hand – doing all of their butchery, curing, aging, fermenting and baking in house.

This means that everything they serve is delightfully fresh and expertly made. Stop by for lunch (13 minute walk from The Livmore) on a Saturday or Sunday and you can enjoy the Slow Roast – a mouth-watering joint that the team has left in the oven overnight.

Eggspectation

After you’ve enjoyed the Toronto nightlife, you’re going to want to treat yourself to a delicious late brunch the next morning at this downtown Toronto restaurants. Head to this stylish chain (8 minutes from The Livmore) which serves classic American breakfast fare.

It’s a great way to start your day off right – with hand-squeezed juices and real-fruit smoothies and a mouthwatering selection of breakfast dishes – such as Breakfast Poutine with smoked bacon, homemade gravy and cheese curds, Maritime Lobster eggs benedict or a Montreal bagel with cream cheese and wild salmon.

Kathmandu Restaurant

Treat yourself to flavourful and spicy Nepalese and Indian cuisine at this local favourite. They have a Tandoor oven that gives the meat that irresistible smoky, oven-baked taste. Try the Goat Curry – cooked with ginger, garlic, tomatoes and hot spices. Or, share an “Everest Feast’ with your friends – a huge platter that includes everything from Chicken Tikka to Tandoori Prawn to Naan, Basmati Rice and Dessert. Go for a stroll while staying at The Livmore – 21 minute walk from the Livmore

The Elm Tree

downtown Toronto restaurants?This family-run modern Mediterranean restaurant prepares classic pasta and meat dishes with fresh and high quality ingredients. It’s also known for its cocktails and craft brews – and only a 3 minute walk from the Livmore

The Elm Tree is one of the most highly ranked restaurants in Toronto on TripAdvisor and it has a Certificate of Excellence, so if you are looking for somewhere to enjoy a special meal – it’s a good bet.

What are some of your favourite downtown Toronto restaurants?
Let us know in the comments below – we always love getting new recommendations!

Business Travel, Lifestyle talk, Relocation

Millennial Relocation & Mobile Generation

June 12, 2018

Millennial RelocationWould you move to a new location, if it meant an exciting career opportunity?  Millennial Relocation – A study cited in this article reported that 85% of millennials stated they would be willing to move to a different city for a job.

That’s a significant percentage of people who would be willing to completely uproot themselves and move somewhere new. In the past, it used to be less common for someone to relocate for a job – instead they would focus on career options in their local area.

But, it seems that the millennial generation is more mobile in general and more open minded to relocation. In fact, the same survey also found that 82% of millenials believe that relocation can be an effective way to move up the corporate ladder.

The Young and the Restless – Millennial Relocation

Being free to move around can certainly be an advantage. If the job market in a particular city isn’t offering any exciting prospects, millennials can simply move to another market. Hopping between jobs Millennial Relocationhas less of a stigma than it did in the past – it’s seen as a way to “level up” in your career more quickly by exposing yourself to a range of different experiences and learning new skills.

In the article “Job Hopping is the ‘New Normal’ for Millennials” Forbes writer Jeanne Meister explains that the average length of a professional engagement is 4.4 years and 91% of millennials expect that they will move on to another position in less than 3 years.

In “Millennials in the Workforce – What is Their Impact on Mobility Programs?” author Anne Rossier makes a few interesting points about why the millennial generation is more open to relocation.

As she points out, millenials are more likely to have an international mindset and to be open to travel. The world has fewer borders for them and they see millennial relocation and working abroad as a chance to gain an interesting life experience.

Tips for Successfully Relocating Millennial Employees

Millennial EmployeesIf your company is relocating millennial workers, here are some important tips to keep in mind:

  • Typically, millennials want to live in urban centres where they can be close to culture, shops, dining and entertainment. They often prefer this style of living, as opposed to being isolated from the city in a suburb type environment. So, keep this in mind when considering the location of any accommodation you will offer.
  • Look at the millennial relocation as an opportunity for the employee to experience professional growth and present it in this way.
  • Make sure that you are offering a fair and attractive relocation package, which will help to make the move easier for your employee financially and support them while they get set up in their new city.
  • Millennial workers may want to be more involved in the decision making process of their move – researching accommodation options and neighborhoods to learn more about where they will be moving to. Be flexible enough to allow them to take ownership of as much of the process as possible.

Of course, while every employee is different – paying attention to millennial generation trends will help you to create a workplace culture that appeals to the new generation of worker and helps them feel at home wherever they are working. Don’t forget to also check out how Canada offers positive benefits for a destination for relocation.

 

Family Vacations in Toronto, Scarborough, Toronto Entertainment, Toronto Family Travel, Vacation Travel

5 Reasons for visiting Scarborough

July 25, 2017

Visiting ScarboroughVisiting Scarborough.  Named by Elizabeth Simcoe, (the wife of John Graves Simcoe, first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada), after the town of Scarborough in Yorkshire, England – Scarborough occupies the eastern part of Toronto. Perched on the Scarborough Bluffs, has grown from a small collection of small rural villages and farms in the 1790s to a diverse urban community. It is one of the most multicultural places in the Greater Toronto Area and is home to many interesting things to see and do.

The DelSuites locations in Scarborough are ideally located to be convenient for everything Scarborough has to offer. Here are five reasons for visiting Scarborough and explore this part of Toronto:

1.    Visiting Scarborough – Toronto ZooVisiting Scarborough

Check out the largest zoo in Canada, a great attraction for animal lovers of all ages. You’ll find over 450 species of animals there, including gorillas, reindeers, polar bears, rhinoceros and more. You can also take a camel ride or check out the interactive discovery zoo for little ones.

2. Explore the Scarborough Museum

Peer back in time and learn about Scarborough’s past by visiting this intriguing museum. The historic buildings are located within a recreated 19th century garden, which is part of the 200 acre farm that was originally owned by David and Mary Thomson. The museum is home to a number of interesting exhibitions and community programs that tell the story of Scarborough and Greater Toronto.

3. Enjoy Beautiful Beaches

Visiting ScarboroughAnother one of the reasons to visit Scarborough is to check out the fantastic beaches there, which are always packed in the summer with sun worshippers. Bluffer’s Park Beach is a blue flag certified swimming area and also boasts wonderful nature trails. Rouge Beach is also a great place to swim and soak up the summer sunshine and it even has change rooms and other amenities.

4. Embrace the Great Outdoors

If you love spending time in the great outdoors, Scarborough has plenty to enjoy. You can take a hike down the woods trail along Highland Creek from Morningside Park all the way to Lake Ontario and observe all of the lovely plants and birds. There is also a lovely waterfront trail from East Point park to Pickering that offers stunning views. If you are visiting during the winter, head to Adams Park where you will find a superb tobogganing hill.

5. Admire the Scarborough Bluffs

If you are looking for a lovely and quiet secluded area along the waterfront of Toronto, Scarborough Bluffs is located at the foot of Brimley Road. This natural wonder stretches for around 14 km along the Lake Ontario shore from the Eastern Beaches to West Hill. There are many lovely hiking trails that weave through the bluffs, as well as firepits, picnic tables and a restaurant.

These are just a few of the reasons why it’s worth visiting Scarborough and exploring this intriguing and diverse area of Greater Toronto.

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DelSuites Shortlisted for an Emma

May 18, 2017

EmmaIt is an honour to receive a nomination for this award and to be named amongst many other excellent businesses within this industry. EMMA stands for Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards and these awards celebrate best practices, successes and outstanding performers in the global mobility industry.

DelSuites was nominated in the category of Corporate Housing Provider of the Year. This category recognizes excellence in the field of Corporate Housing. Some of the other categories that are honoured by this award include the Global Mobility Team of the Year, the Best Talent Mobility Strategy, The Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility and the Employee Benefits Services Provider of the Year.

This is a prestigious award and DelSuites was nominated for two years in a row. It is an honour to be invited to an event such as this, in which all of the top innovators in the industry have gathered together to celebrate each other’s achievements.

The Forum for Expatriate Management – EMMA

The Emma Awards are presented to the world by the Forum for Expatriate Management, which is a worldwide network of Global Mobility professionals and supplier partners from all over the world. Their aims are to make connections throughout the industry, distil best practices and get the latest news from all across the industries. These awards celebrate the best and the brightest of the global mobility industry and all of the supporting vendors and suppliers.

This event is designed for anyone who is a director, CEO, head, analyst or manager of Global Mobility, HR and HR relocation, Immigration, International Programs, Talent Management, Expatriate Tax and much more. Plus, it is also relevant for relocation and transportation companies, global mobility software providers, global payroll management and immigration law firms.

The 2017 Awards

The Shortlisted Emma Candidates were announced to the world and then the nominations were assessed by an independent judging panel. This year’s event was the 8th annual America’s EMMA awards and was sponsored by Eqqus Software, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality, Polaris Global Mobility, Cambridge Global Payments, Oakwood Worldwide and several others.

The Awards were presented to the runners up and winners at the Americas Global Mobility Summit on May 4th.

The winners of the 2017 awards for the Corporate Housing Provider of the Year were Nomad Temporary Housing. Also mentioned as the Runner Up and the Highly Commended choice was Preferred Corporate Housing and Blvd Suites Corporate Housing.

This superb evening of awards celebrated successes and particularly exceptional contributions to the world of global mobility. The best and the brightest were highlighted and DelSuites was thrilled to be involved in such a great event.