ERIC Number: ED363793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Relocating Two-Earner Couples: What Companies Are Doing. Research Bulletin No. 247.
Johnson, Arlene A.
Forty employer organizations granted interviews to discuss the status of their spouse employment assistance programs, motivation for the programs, and implementation experiences. Representatives of 21 relocation consulting and research organizations supplied information on the rationale for the services they offer, ways employers use their services, and issues and trends they observe in corporate assistance for families. Findings indicated spouse employment assistance programs were becoming more prevalent and formalized. Many companies were in a decision-making phase. For companies that reported the greatest satisfaction with their program, key issues were internal needs assessment, communication of the program, and positioning the program alongside other work force issues. Three types of assistance formed the basis of current employer programs: information on techniques for self-marketing, access to the local job market, and personalized counseling and support. Each option had advantages, but little data existed on whether spouse assistance was effective in reducing reluctance to relocate. New kinds of programs were emerging to address the problems of multiple operating sites, diverse spouse needs, and cost containment: decision-making packages, flexible programs with multiple options, commuter allowances, assistance for unmarried partners, and programs for international spouses whose visas prevent them from working. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Conference Board, Inc., New York, NY.