Mobility is gaining importance in big businesses, especially the multinational ones. Professionals are assigned from one branch to another, or to the client’s office, so they can share their expertise and provide guidance in growing the business or even learn new skills.
They may be required to perform functions in the new location on a short-term period (6 to 12 months) or a long-term period (1 to 3 years). This can be a move to another city, state, or country. Unlike permanent transfers, in an assignment, the person will need to return to the original location once the project or contract ends.
The most important thing to consider is the length of the assignment contract. Depending on the duration, you may need to bring only a few bags of clothes, or ship your furniture, or keep your things in storage.
If the assignment is for one year or less, the expectation is for you to stay in a serviced apartment. Meaning, it is already furnished. You’ll have a bed, pillows, couch, tables and chairs, kitchenette, and refrigerator, among other things. You only need to bring your clothes, personal items, and maybe some kitchen utensils.
From the airport, you and your luggage can be picked up by the driver from a car rental company, like Hertz. It is always better to book them way ahead of your flight. In other cases, the serviced apartment office or your mobility specialist can book the car rental for you.
If your move is between one to three years, then you will be expected to rent an unfurnished apartment (because it is cheaper). You will need to buy new furniture or ship your items from home, and maybe put other things in storage and have it delivered to your house when you come back. Maybe your company will cover the cost of a professional mover to help you.
If your move is a national one (e.g. New York to Los Angeles), the mover will provide surface shipment. For overseas assignments, they will use sea and/or air shipment, depending on your entitlement benefits. Check with your company’s mobility specialist about the insurance coverage and make sure you keep all the necessary documents, like receipts, bill of lading, and others, in case a reimbursement claim needs to be processed. Once you’ve received the shipment, don’t take too long to check if there were damages or lost items.