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Preferred Corporate Housing Shortlisted for Americas EMMA Award

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

AMERICAS_EMMAS_17_BUTTONPreferred Corporate Housing, a leading provider of temporary lodging solutions in more than 42,000 North American destinations, has been shortlisted for the Forum for Expatriate Management’s (FEM) annual EMMA award for “2017 Corporate Housing Provider of the Year.”

“We are honored to be included in this exclusive list of recognized temporary housing providers by one of the relocation industry’s leading organizations,” said Samantha Elliott, President of Preferred Corporate Housing. “FEM is quickly becoming a go-to resource for knowledge-sharing, best practices and partnership within the global talent and mobility industry, and we are thrilled to be considered one of the best corporate housing providers in their eyes,” said Elliott.

The annual Americas Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs), “celebrate excellence in global mobility. With over 20 categories, these awards truly recognize leaders, business successes and rising stars,” as described on the FEM website.

“We believe we continue to achieve successes and honors such as this because our entire team is committed to innovation and excellence in the temporary housing services we provide,” said Michelle Velasquez, Director of Client Services for PCH. “We work each day to find new and exciting ways to improve the guest experience, and we never settle for doing things just because its the way they’ve always been done,” said Velasquez.

“Our goal is clear,” said Elliott. “We want to be the best temporary housing provider with the best team, the best options, the best tools and the best prices. Being included in this prestigious list is proof that we are on the right track,” said Elliott.

 

The final award winners will be announced at the black tie gala event on May 4th at the Marriott City Center in Denver, CO.

 

About Preferred Corporate Housing

Preferred Corporate Housing has been providing furnished temporary housing services across North America for more than 20 years. With service to more than 42,000 locations, PCH has become a go-to resource for more than 8,000 local, national and global clients including 413 companies on the 2014 Fortune 500 list.

 

Press & Media Contact

For questions or commentary about trends in the corporate housing industry, if you would like to collaborate on story development, or if you are looking for a corporate housing subject-matter expert (SME) to serve as a speaker/panelist at your next conference or trade show, please inquire with our media relations contact to arrange an interview with a Preferred Corporate Housing executive. Michelle Velasquez – (800) 960-0102 ext 21, michelle@corporates.com.

PCH Short-Listed for EMMA Award by Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM)

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Preferred Corporate Housing has been shortlisted for the Forum for Expatriate Management’s (FEM) annual EMMA award for “2016 Corporate Housing Provider of the Year.”

This is the second consecutive year for Preferred Corporate Housing to make the Shortlist of potential winners for an EMMA award. In 2015, Preferred Corporate Housing received “Highly Commended” recognition in this same category.

“We are honored to be included in this exclusive list of recognized temporary housing providers by one of the relocation industry’s leading organizations,” said Samantha Elliott, President of Preferred Corporate Housing. “FEM is quickly becoming a go-to resource for knowledge-sharing, best practices and partnership within the global talent and mobility industry, and we are thrilled to be considered one of the best corporate housing providers in their eyes,” said Elliott.

The annual Americas Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs), “celebrate excellence in global mobility. With over 20 categories, these awards truly recognize leaders, business successes and rising stars,” as described on the FEM website.

“We believe we continue to achieve successes and honors such as this because our entire team is committed to innovation and excellence in the temporary housing services we provide,” said Krista Ripper, Director of Business Development for PCH. “We work each day to find new and exciting ways to improve the guest experience, and we never settle for doing things just because its the way they’ve always been done,” said Ripper.

“Our goal is clear,” said Elliott. “We want to be the best temporary housing provider with the best team, the best options, the best tools and the best prices. Being included in this prestigious list is proof that we are on the right track,” said Elliott.

The final award winners will be announced at the black tie gala event on May 5th at the Hilton City Avenue hotel in Philadelphia.

Preferred Corporate Housing is First Member Company to be Accredited by the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA)

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

AccreditedThe Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) is the professional trade association exclusively dedicated to supporting corporate housing professionals and expanding the corporate housing industry around the world. CHPA’s Company Accreditation Program was designed to recognize and elevate companies who have proven their legitimacy, professionalism and commitment to industry best practices and ethics when providing corporate housing services.

CHPA announced last week that Preferred Corporate Housing, a national corporate housing provider servicing more than 42,000 locations across North America, would be the first to achieve the ‘CHPA Accredited Company’ endorsement.

“This is a program we truly value and believe that our clients and supplier partners will value as well,” said Preferred Corporate Housing President, Samantha Elliott. “There are so many ‘fly-by-night’ companies out there that are causing damage to our industry’s reputation with their unethical business practices and fraudulent behavior. CHPA’s Company Accreditation Program is a first step in highlighting which providers are operating within the appropriate standards and best practices.” said Elliott.

In order to be eligible to receive the ‘CHPA Accredited Company’ endorsement, Preferred Corporate Housing had to submit financial history, operational documents relating to business continuity and data protection policies, proof of appropriate business insurance coverage, and letters of reference from peers, suppliers and current clients. Preferred Corporate Housing was also eligible for this endorsement due to its active involvement and leadership within CHPA over the past years, and because all Preferred Corporate Housing’s Senior Managers have earned and maintained the ‘Certified Corporate Housing Professional (CCHP)’ designation.

“We believe that any company that might be sourcing corporate housing services should only want to work with providers who have received CHPA’s Company Accredited endorsement,” said Jon Lanclos, PCH Founder. “This accreditation highlights those companies who have proven themselves to be the best examples of corporate housing industry leaders.”

About Preferred Corporate Housing:

Preferred Corporate Housing is the premier, North American temporary lodging provider for corporate/government relocation programs, extended travel assignments and other corporate travel needs. Since 1996, Preferred Corporate Housing has built a unique model for providing housing solutions in more than 42,000 locations across the US and Canada, specializing in remote destinations and third-tier cities. PCH takes pride in its ability to provide furnished lodging solutions exactly where clients need them, when they need them. Multiple options are available at every budgetary level, making PCH a great partner for any relocation program.

About CHPA:

The Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) is the only trade association dedicated to the corporate housing industry. As the industry continually evolves, members gain insight and resources on how to stay competitive through their involvement with CHPA. CHPA, as the voice of the corporate housing industry, offers networking, educational and informational opportunities to corporate housing providers around the world.

Share the ‘LOVE’ with Your Team

Monday, February 8th, 2016

employee praiseWe’ve previously referenced the article, “The Power of Praise in Business – and How to Do it Right,” written by Ross McCammon and published in Entrepreneur Magazine in February 2012. We thought February, the month of LOVE, is a fitting time to recap some of the main points of this great article as a reminder to “Show the LOVE” to your team as well. Here is the article in its entirety:

“Here’s what the psychologists think about praise: “Positive reinforcement works better than punishment.”

Here’s what the management experts think: “Employee recognition leads to profit.”

Here’s what the neurologists think: “Dopamine, which is released in the brain any time we hear something we like, is a powerful chemical.”

Here’s what the psychologists, management experts and neurologists think when someone in a position of power tells them they’re doing a great job: “Hell, yeah!” (That, of course, is the dopamine talking.)

How important is praise in business? Extremely important. Extremelyimportant. Research has been done. Analytics, even.

A 2010 study published in Harvard Business Review found that at Best Buy, a 0.1 percent increase in employee engagement drove $100,000 in operating income to the bottom line of each store per year. Now, employee engagement involves lots of things, of course: personal fulfillment, career advancement, free coffee. But according to Chester Elton–speaker, motivation expert and co-author of bestselling management book The Carrot Principle–at Best Buy and many other businesses the Harvard study looked at, simple recognition was the single most important factor.

“The number one driver of engagement is opportunity and well-being,” he says. “The number one driver of opportunity and well-being is recognition and appreciation. The Harvard study showed that you don’t just want employees satisfied, you want them engaged, because an engaged employee gives you their discretionary efforts.”

For psychologists, the wisdom of that investment is obvious. “Praising people for what they do right seems to be more effective, regardless of whether you think it’s nice or not,” says Dr. Laura Carstensen, a professor of psychology at Stanford University whose work focuses on motivation. “People buy lottery tickets, and mathematicians often say, How can you waste that money? Psychologists have a slightly different view, and that is, if buying a ticket for a fairly small amount of money allows you to dream and to think you might get to savor the anticipation of what that reward might look like, that’s probably worth the money.”

Praise is like that. It involves very little effort and produces a lot in return. It’s a no-brainer, even for people who are otherwise ingrates.

So that’s why you should give praise. But how?

How to Give It
Most management experts stress the importance of specificity. “You want to balance praise with constructive feedback,” says psychologist Dr. Wayne Nemeroff, CEO and co-founder of PsyMax Solutions, a Cleveland-based provider of “integrated human capital management tools.” Nemeroff suggests, “Recall a particular situation and describe a specific behavior; acknowledge the impact the behavior or action had on the group or the project or the action or on you.”

Here’s what Elton suggests in his book: Do it now. The closer the recognition is to the behavior, the more likely it will be repeated. Do it often. The more you message what’s important to you, the more people will focus on that. And finally, be specific.

Specificity is important, of course, but it seems to us that everything flows from sincerity. Sincerity will automatically lead to praise–and, most likely, impromptu praise. Which is the best praise of all, because it’s automatically perceived as sincere. It simply takes advantage of a moment that is already happening: an e-mail that you’re sending anyway, the beginning of a meeting that’s happening anyway, a team-building exercise. (“Bob, never has anyone so elegantly held an orange with his chin.”)

It’s hard to come up with praise on the fly. And the one being praised knows that. If you take advantage of a chance encounter–if the opportunity to praise someone was never even supposed to happen–then what you’re saying is perceived as authentic. The moment is simply an outlet for gratitude. (Important note: Never use the phrase “outlet for gratitude” when praising someone, or at any other time.)

How to Receive It
Giving praise is the easy part. You just have to be aware of other people’s feelings and be in tune with what’s going on in your business. Receiving praise is trickier–ulterior motives and all that.

When it comes to receiving praise, you want to subscribe to the gymnastics rule: Throw out the highest and lowest scores. Never put too much stock in someone telling you that you’re amazing, and never put too much stock in someone telling you that you suck. Listen to the stuff in between. (This also works with online hotel reviews.)

And respond like this: “Thank you,” or something just as straightforward. Anything else can spoil the moment. Praise should be as discreetly received as it is concisely stated.

The principle of positive reinforcement states that behaviors that are rewarded are behaviors that will be repeated. But this can be bad. If we keep repeating behaviors, we lose sight of the most important part of what we do, which is innovate. Praise should establish a new bar. We should accept the praise and then try to forget about it. We should repeat the work that was praised, but immediately move on to doing a better version of it.

What praise ultimately does is hold up a mirror. It acknowledges what people already think about themselves: that they’re good at what they do. You’re making someone happy and fulfilled and more excited to work with you. And for almost no effort at all.

Nice work.

Key Technical Matters

1. Praise should not begin with the phrase “You da ….”

2. Ending an expression of praise with “… and stuff” nullifies the praise.

3. Ending an expression of praise with “… now get back to work” also nullifies the praise.

4. In ascending order of forcefulness: e-mail, face-to-face conversation, handwritten note, bear hug.

5. No bear hugs.

6. A handwritten note is worth more than a $100 gift card.

7. But probably not more than a $200 gift card.

8. Easy on the superlatives: “hardest-working,” “most glorious,” “awesomest,” “best-smelling,” etc.

9. Praise followed by criticism is not praise.

10. Praise followed by praise is probably a little too much praise.

11. Praise followed by criticism followed by praise is a sandwich.

For more information on this article and full writer’s credits, visit http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222573

Preferred Corporate Housing is a ‘Best Place to Work’ for the 4th Consecutive Year

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Best Places to WorkThe Houston Business Journal released its 15th annual “Best Places to Work in Houston’ list last month, and for the fourth consecutive year, Preferred Corporate Housing was included in this prestigious list.

The 2015 Best Places to Work in Houston list was revealed at a Super Hero themed luncheon event where more than 800 attendees gathered to recognize 100 companies who made this year’s list. HBJ’s partner, Quantum Workforce, administered an employee survey process and assigned a score for each nominated company. Scoring was based on employees’ thoughts on their company’s corporate culture, amenities, benefits, worker-retention and attraction strategies. The top 100 companies who received the highest scores were included in this year’s list.

The average score of all the companies on HBJ’s 2015 Best Places to Work List is 85.87, which is slightly higher than the national average of 85.83. Preferred Corporate Housing received a score of 94.8, significantly higher than this year’s average, landing the spot of the 20th Best Place to Work in Houston.

PCH Honored at the 2015 EMMA Awards

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

FEM EMMA LOGOPreferred Corporate Housing, a leading provider of temporary lodging solutions in more than 42,000 North American destinations, was honored as one of the top 3 corporate housing providers at the recent Forum for Expatriate Management’s (FEM) annual EMMA awards black-tie gala, receiving “Highly Commended” honors from the judging panel.

This is the second major recognition this year for Preferred Corporate Housing, who won the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) Tower of Excellence award for “Large Market Provider of the Year,” in February 2015.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the best temporary housing providers by one of mobility’s leading organizations,” said Samantha Elliott, CRP, CCHP, President of Preferred Corporate Housing. “The Forum for Expatriate Management is a go-to resource for knowledge-sharing, best practices and partnership within the global talent and mobility industry, and we are thrilled to be considered one of the best corporate housing providers in their eyes,” said Elliott.

EMMA On Stage The annual Americas Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs) winners, were decided by a prestigious panel of sixteen judges from within the relocation industry, including Human Resources, Talent and Mobility Managers from corporations around the world, including several Fortune 100 and 500 companies.

“We believe we continue to achieve successes and honors such as this because our entire team is committed to innovation and excellence in the temporary housing services we provide,” said Krista Ripper, Director of Business Development for PCH. “We work each day to find new and exciting ways to improve the guest experience, and we never settle for doing things just because it’s the way they’ve always been done,” said Ripper.

“Our goal is clear,” said Elliott. “We want to be the best temporary housing provider with the best team, the best options, the best tools and the best prices. Being recognized by these industry leaders in this prestigious category is proof that we are on the right track,” said Elliott.

About Preferred Corporate Housing:

Preferred Corporate Housing has been providing furnished temporary housing services across North America for more than 20 years. With service to more than 42,000 locations, PCH has become a go-to resource for more than 8,000 local, national and global clients including 413 companies on the 2014 Fortune 500 list.

Press & Media Contact

For questions or commentary about trends in the corporate housing industry, if you would like to collaborate on story development, or if you are looking for a corporate housing subject-matter expert (SME) to serve as a speaker/panelist at your next conference or trade show, please inquire with our media relations contact to arrange an interview with a Preferred Corporate Housing executive. Michelle Velasquez – (800) 960-0102 ext 21, michelle@corporates.com.

How to Get More Out of Every Day!

Monday, September 28th, 2015

too much workIf you’re like most of us, you have too much work to do in too little time. Time is our most-valuable commodity, and although we all are allotted the exact same amount every day, there always seem to be those people who are able to get more done than we are! How do they do it? In our quest to maximize every minute, here are a few tips to increase your daily efficiency and productivity.

• Pick 3 goals for the day. Start your day (or plan the night before) by identifying three high-priority goals to accomplish. work on this first, without getting distracted by other tasks. If you finish them off, select three more important goals. You’ll feel more productive and less overwhelmed.

• Make quick decisions. Agonizing over every decision wastes time and energy. Try to make every decision in 60 seconds or less. A one-minute deadline will result in speedy decisions that are just as likely to be good as those you spend hours on.

time to think • Schedule thinking time. Spend a specified amount of time thinking about what you want to accomplish each week. Use that time to make plans, do research, analyze successes and failures, and give yourself permission to go off on tangents. Often you’ll get your best ideas when you let your mind roam a bit. The key here is to keep your “thinking time” confined within a specified amount of time. Once the time is up, get back on track!

• Make a “to-don’t” list. Identify those things on your plate that don’t contribute anything of value or don’t represent the best use of your time. Delegate those tasks to assistants/other team members, or cross them off the list altogether. This will give you more time to focus on your priorities.to dont list

• Finish your day right. Don’t wear yourself out by working into the evening. Establish a routine for the end of your work day: Save your work, clear your workspace, make your to-do list for tomorrow, power down and stop thinking about work. You’ll be able to get the rest your need to come back tomorrow ready to do great things!

Capture the “Back to School” Mentality

Monday, August 24th, 2015

back to schoolWhether you’ve been out of school for three months (congrats, grad!), 30 years or somewhere in between, there’s something about those back-to-school commercials, sales in the department stores and yellow school buses hitting the streets once again that creates an undeniable energy in the air.

While every day is a new chance to begin reaching for new heights, feeding off that back-to-school adrenaline can be a great way to get a running start! Here are three simple ways to apply that back-to-school mentality to your day-to-day.

1. Wipe your slate clean
One of my favorite things about beginning a new school year was the chance to start over; embracing the feeling of “I can be whoever I want to be and accomplish whatever I want to accomplish this year!” If you haven’t felt that feeling since your own school days, allow yourself to get swept up in the excitement and use this month as an opportunity to reignite your passion for your goals. Back-to-school means a “new start.” Forget about the barriers that have held you back from reaching your goals in the past.

2. Reassess your (lesson) plan
My favorite part of a new school year was getting to read through my syllabus for each class and looking ahead to see how much I was slated to accomplish throughout the next year. While I loved the idea of what was to come, I was also overwhelmed at how much work was yet to be done! That’s why teachers use lesson plans; to break the work down into smaller, more manageable chunks. Use this time to do the same with your “plan of attack.” Review your goals and break down the work into smaller, more manageable action items.

3. Expand your horizons
A new school year always brings new opportunities – new skills to master, new clubs to join, new friends to make. Apply this same principle to your day-to-day. Are there new skills you can master that will help make you more successful in your position? Are there networking opportunities that could lead you to new business contacts? Try something new; expand those horizons; never stop learning!

The craziness of summer is dying down. Back-to-school is the perfect time to get back on track with your goals and get re-energized and re-focused. In the words of Brian Herbert, “The capacity to learn is a gift, the ability to learn is a skill, the willingness to learn is a choice.” Feed off the back-to-school energy all around and make the choice to keep learning!

PCH is Leading the Way to Orlando for the CHPA National Conference

Monday, January 12th, 2015

CHPA OrlandoEach year in February, hundreds of corporate housing professionals gather together at the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) National Conference to network, discuss hot-button issues effecting our industry, and to learn best practices from industry peers. This year’s conference will be in Orlando, and Preferred Corporate Housing is leading the way!

Michelle Velasquez, PCH’s Director of Client Services, has led the Program Task Force Committee for the past twelve months to conceptualize and arrange all the educational components of this year’s conference. But before the conference officially begins, the 2015 Board of Directors meeting will take place where Samantha Elliott, PCH President, will begin her appointment as the 2015 Executive Board President of CHPA.

Michelle and Samantha have also been asked to lead sessions later in the week. Michelle will share her expertise on supply-chain management, ensuring brand consistency across service locations and industry best practices on quality assurance measures. Samantha will lead one of the conference’s most-popular sessions, the Relocation Industry Panel, where she will act as the facilitator amongst experts from some of the worlds largest relocation management companies.

Preferred Corporate Housing is honored to be participating and leading this event from the country’s only trade organization dedicated to the success and growth of the corporate housing industry, CHPA.

Show the ‘Love’ to your Team – An Excerpt from PCH’s February Newsletter

Monday, February 10th, 2014

praiseWe’ve previously referenced this great article by Ross McCammon titled, “The Power of Praise in Business- and How to Do it Right.” Since February is the month of love, we thought it was fitting to recap some of the main points of as a reminder to ‘show the love’ to your employees as well. You can find a link to the entire article by visiting our Facebook page ( PCH Facebook Page ), but here are our favorite points:

Why praise is important:
A 2010 Harvard Business Review study found that a 0.1 percent increase in employee engagement drove $100,000 in operating income to the bottom line (study was done on Best Buy Stores). Of all the various factors that can contribute to employee engagement, the study also found that simple recognition was the single most important factor.

How to give praise:
The article suggests that you should always balance praise with constructive feedback. “Recall a particular situation and describe a specific behavior.” Use these 3 guidelines:

Do it now – the closer the recognition is to the behavior, the more likely it will be repeated.
Do it often – The more you message what’s important to you, the people will focus on that.
Be Specific & Sincere.

Key Technical Matters:

The following list of praise guidelines is taken word for word from the article and was the source of many ‘LOL’ moments for me, so I’ve included it in its entirety:

Praise should not begin with the phrase “You da….”
Ending an expression of praise with “…and stuff” nullifies the praise
Ending an expression of praise with “…now get back to work” also nullifies the praise
In ascending order of forcefulness: e-mail, face-to-face conversation, handwritten note, bear hug
No bear hugs!!
A handwritten note is worth more than a $100 gift card
But probably not more than a $200 gift card
Go easy on the superlatives: “hardest-working,” “most glorious,” “awesomest,” “best-smelling,” etc
Praise followed by criticism is not praise
Praise followed by praise is probably a little too much praise
Praise followed by criticism followed by praise is a sandwich

To read the entire article, visit: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222573