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Gain valuable insights about how temporary housing works, including the most popular locations and what the future holds for the industry.

By Switchplace • November 1, 2017

Why Go Above and Beyond for Employees with Temporary Housing

Temporary housing isn’t just housing, it’s a statement that you’re willing to go the extra mile for dedicated employees.

When corporations and private companies say they invest in their employees and strive to make their offices better places to work, they’ll only succeed if they’re authentic.

If your organization believes to its core that employee happiness and job satisfaction come first, choosing temporary housing that caters to employee preferences is one of the best ways to communicate that you care. Instead of sending employees with a sum of money to figure it out for themselves, you can go out of your way to give them an unforgettable experience (for the right reasons)!

The small steps you take to improve employees’ experience at work matters, especially when they’re away from the comfort of their homes for one month or more.

Today, more than ever, corporations and private companies are now turning to professional firms to help arrange employee housing for remote work. Not only is it easier to manage, it’s also a better experience for the employee.

That said, which option you choose can reflect positively or negatively on your effort to go above and beyond for employees.

Happy Employees Are Better Employees

The Harvard Business Review surveyed hundreds of executives worldwide to determine the relationship between an authentic organization and leadership. Their conclusion? People don’t follow leaders they think are inauthentic. Employees need to know and feel they are more than hamsters spinning wheels to keep shareholder value trending upwards.

There are many reasons that companies would want to invest in the employee experience. The University of Warwick conducted a study on the relationship between employees support and productivity, and found that happy employees see a 12 percent spike in productivity on average. The study explains companies that genuinely invest in the employee experience generally succeed in making happier workers.

Google, which has employee perks and benefits in spades, saw a 37 percent satisfaction increase from aggressive initiatives to make their employees happier.

Needless to say, how satisfied people are at work, including when they travel for work, goes well beyond the paycheck. To back this up, a Glassdoor survey revealed that 79 percent of employees would prefer additional benefits or perks to a pay increase.

You won’t find many people that say no to money, but life — including work — is about so much more.

What to Look for in a Temporary Housing Partner

Finding the best option for temporary housing comes down to three factors. :

  • Location
  • Amenities
  • Guest support

In an ideal employee world, employee commutes aren’t long and they’re in the middle of the action wherever they are.

You’ll find that many temporary housing companies own their own inventory, which might be o.k. only in the instance that they have housing where you’re looking. If the set inventory can deliver those things, great! If not, you’ll be settling on what is arguably the most important factor for employees when working remotely.

As for amenities, you want a partner that gives you the type of furnishings and necessities that are suitable for your employees and match your budget. If you can find a temporary housing partner that’s flexible enough to provide what you need and doesn’t force you into a pre-set box, you’re golden.

Finally, guest services can make or break a temporary housing stay. If your employee’s internet or cable goes out, you don’t want them to be troubleshooting and potentially missing work because of it.

A good temporary housing partner will have fast-response services to resolve issues for employees as they happen. They’ll be happy to have a resource they can depend on if things go wrong.

Temporary Housing is a Major Statement

Never look at temporary housing as just another expense or — worse — like the bare-bones apartments you might have tried to lease out yourself. Your employees will call this “home” and be staying in the places that you choose for a few weeks to several months. What’s selected will reflect on your company’s willingness to go the extra mile.

Where employees stay and how they’re treated is a constant reminder, good or bad, of the perceived value you give them.

 

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