It happens every day. The boss walks into the office and asks for a “word.” The fear sets in quickly, and by the time the shaking and shivering sets in, the boss is offering his/her congratulations for the promotion. Often, relocation is a result of that long-sought promotion.
Once the pure elation wears off, it is time to begin planning a move. Depending on the size of the household, moving takes a collaborative and concise effort. It can be quite a stressful process, and a lack of organization and preparation will only add to the travail. Take a look at a few reasonable tips for settling in after relocating for work.
Nesting is important
No matter the size of the household, it is important to make the new location home. Regardless of whether it is a house, a condo, or a small apartment, make it home. Unpack and find a place for everything. Make home a safe and comfortable retreat from the outside world.
If children are involved, do whatever possible to allow them a space to call their own. Though they may still be kids, they need their own space to unload and relax. Find a home that can be a long-term investment for the whole family.
Take a walk around the neighborhood
Once the living space is settled and everything is unpacked, take a stroll around the neighborhood. A simple walk will reveal a lot about the area in which a person is living. Talk to people, if possible. Building relationships with neighbors helps to secure the safety of home.
Maintaining friendships in the neighborhood can make a family or simply an individual feel more involved in the daily functions of the community. It is also a good idea to seek out and attend community functions.
Utilize technology to get the lay of the land
Technology has blessed us with the ability to travel the world from the comfort of home. Utilize location apps to seek out what the city or town has to offer. Find the nearest grocery store, drug store, car care place, and whatever else is needed to maintain the daily functions of life.
Spending time looking over the lay of the land will help to reduce confusion and added stress when it is time to venture out into the surrounding areas.
Be social at work
Do not be shy with coworkers. Typically, when a company has enough faith in an employee to pay to relocate them, they are a valued part of the organization. People in the office will make an effort to help out in any way possible. Do not be afraid to allow them to enrich the experience.
Give the household time to acclimate
Remember that it typically takes a year to settle into an area fully. Change takes time, especially if there are children in the house. Expect to feel a little uprooted for a little while, and be sensitive to the struggles of the other people in the house as well. Give the household a full year to completely acclimate to the change in location.