Easing Those Transfer Blues

Nowadays, your company's relocation policy can mean the difference between keeping or losing a good employee

Jim Beard, 52, is in the hotel business, so it's almost axiomatic that he has sympathy for the travails of the traveling--or moving--businessperson. Especially if it's him. Last April he took a job as vice president of operations for Regent International Hotels, a chain of luxury hotels owned by the Carlson Cos., a travel and restaurant conglomerate based in Minneapolis, Minn. The switch meant a move from Dallas to Minneapolis for himself, his wife Barbara and daughters Cassandra, 8, and Lauren, 10. Beard likes the new employment opportunity, but as a veteran of 14 previous employment relocations, he was braced for...

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