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Company-Sponsored Intern Housing: Three Reasons to Include in Your Program

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Intern Program HousingAsk an intern what’s the most stressful part about accepting an out-of-town position and chances are you’ll hear: “Short term housing.” Ask an employer what’s the most stressful part of hiring interns from out of town and they will probably say the same thing.

Short term housing is one of the most crucial, yet challenging, intern program benefits to administer. The stresses of finding and securing a place to live for three months can result in anxiety for both you and your relocating intern, and if not done correctly, can lead to huge cost implications and failed assignments.

Some companies may offer a lump sum to help their interns, but this option may not eliminate as much stress as many Program Managers would hope. A lump sum requires the intern to research the housing market, find a suitable option on their own, and possibly still front the rental costs. Without direction and assistance from Program Managers, lump sum programs typically result in confusion and create additional risks to the overall success of intern assignments.

To attract top talent and ensure success for your Intern program, providing vetted short term housing options and paying some (or all) of the associated costs for short term housing has proven to be most-effective. Here are three reasons why.

1. Quality Control Assurance

Interns who are tasked to find their own housing for the summer are almost always going to look for the cheapest option. Because most interns are financially strapped college students, it’s not likely that they’ll be willing or able to drop several thousand dollars on a place to live for three months. The result could be disastrous for both you and your interns.

Many platforms targeted specifically for interns offer deals that are sometimes too good to be true, and they unfortunately prey on naïve victims. Asking interns to wire rent money or give up personally identifiable information can be “red flags” that your interns may not notice. Rental scams have become more common over the last few years and interns looking for the best deals can sometimes fall victim to these schemes. Interns who are not familiar with housing best-practices and quality control checkpoints may be at the most risk.

Another consideration is the quality of housing your interns will have if they look for the cheapest option.  While there’s nothing wrong with affordable housing, it’s important that your interns feel comfortable with the place where they will be living over the course of their internship. If your interns are living in area that’s unsafe or an apartment that’s unclean and poorly cared for, it could affect their performance at work and their attitude about the internship.

Providing short term housing options puts you in control of the housing experience your interns will receive. If you can work with your temporary housing partner to provide an approved list of housing options and are willing to subsidize some (or all) of the rent, you can ensure that your intern class isn’t going to be subjected to rental scams or choose housing based solely on price. A negative housing experience can negatively impact your intern’s overall impression of your program, but demonstrating that you care about the living conditions of your interns will contribute to a positive impression of the company and possibly affect the likelihood of them accepting a full-time offer

2. Timing is Everything

Did you know that some programs start securing their intern housing more than a year before the actual stay? Timing is everything in short-term housing. If interns start looking too early, the options they find may not still be available by the time they’re ready to sign a lease. If they start looking too late, they may miss out altogether.

Companies that offer sponsored lodging arrangements for their intern programs have the benefit of working with trusted, experienced temporary housing providers who can utilize their own buying power and industry relationships to create the best possible solutions for each intern. By utilizing the expert knowledge of a trusted temporary housing provider, you can ensure your interns will not be left in the lurch.

3. Reduces Intern Anxiety

Finding viable housing for their stay in addition to mentally preparing for their new role within your company creates an enormous amount of stress for new interns. Chances are, your interns have never done this before. They are used to college dorms or signing year-long apartment leases in student-friendly communities. The interns’ lack of experience with the nuances of short-term housing may create frustration and anxiety, causing them to begin their assignment with a negative impression of their new company.

Unfortunately, as many of us may know all too well, this stress related to intern housing won’t be restricted to just your interns. You’ll be feeling it too. One-off questions will be coming at you from various interns at various times throughout the process.

By investing the time and energy up front to create a relocation benefit for short-term housing, and working with a dedicated, experienced temporary housing provider, your company can continue to attract the top talent and ensure their focus remains on the job at hand.

PCH Team Member Joins Houston Relocation Professionals Board of Directors

Friday, December 16th, 2016

michelle-velasquez-highresPreferred Corporate Housing is proud to announce that our Director of Client Services, Michelle Velasquez, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Houston Relocation Professionals organization.

Houston Relocation Professionals (HRP) was founded by a small group of global mobility professionals in the Houston area for the purpose of providing education and networking opportunities to the local relocation and human resource communities.  Today HRP has a membership of over 200 mobility professionals from within the Greater Houston area, as well as from many other locations throughout the United States. Michelle joins an elite group of current Board Members from all facets of the relocation industry.

“I’m excited for the knowledge-share, continued professional development and networking opportunities to come within the organization,” said Michelle. “Our goal is to increase the value that HRP provides for its members, and I can’t wait to do my part to help achieve that goal

Preferred Corporate Housing Director earns Global Mobility Specialist® Designation

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

gms-logoMichelle Velasquez, Preferred Corporate Housing’s Director of Client Services, has earned the certified Global Mobility Specialist® (GMS) designation.

This designation is another example of Preferred Corporate Housing’s commitment to continuing education and professional development of its team members, and also signifies PCH’s dedication to providing its clients with relocation and temporary housing expertise.

The Global Mobility Specialist (GMS®) designation, administered by the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council (WERC), signifies that a person is specialized in the field of global workforce mobility and is committed to ongoing industry education and outreach. Achieving the GMS® designation classifies individuals as subject matter experts and industry leaders across the mobility arena.

The Worldwide ERC is the workforce mobility association for professionals who oversee, manage, or support U.S. domestic and international employee relocation. The organization was founded in 1964 to help members overcome the challenges of workforce mobility.

To achieve the GMS designation, Michelle completed courses on the following topics:

  • Applied International Assignment Policy Development
  • Policy Alternatives, Strategies and Tactics for Global Workforce Mobility
  • The Intercultural Challenge: Doing Business Globally

Michelle joins an elite group of other mobility professionals from 51 countries around the world who have also earned the GMS designation. As a result, she has acquired extensive global mobility knowledge on up-to-the-minute topics affecting the industry and the professionals who support it.

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 2016 Fortune 500 list.

Preferred Corporate Housing shortlisted for Expatriate Management and Mobility Award

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

FEM_AMERICAS_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 “2015 Corporate Housing Provider of the Year.”

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 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 September 9th at the Loews Coronado Bay Hotel in San Diego.

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.

2014 – PCH New Year’s Resolutions

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Coming off such a successful 2013 year, it would be easy for us to just continue doing exactly what we’ve been doing and probably be okay. But at PCH, we don’t strive for “okay.” We want excellence, we want to be the best! So in order to ensure our success and commit to being ‘Your Permanent Solution for Temporary Housing Nationwide,’ we’ve made a few New Year’s Resolutions as a company to make 2014 even better than 2013.

Resolution #1: Treat our Clients more like guests in our home
We offer our fully furnished apartments as a more home-like alternative to cramped hotel stays. We include all the furnishings, housewares, and services that make up a corporate apartment, but in 2014, we are resolving to do a better job making each guest feel more at home when they arrive. By offering concierge services, customized local area information, and spending more time getting to know each client we hope each person who stays in a PCH apartment feels like our special guest

Resolution #2: Learn more about what our clients want
At PCH, we know that the most important thing you can do to have a mutually beneficial relationship with your clients is to consistently ask them what they want, and how we can be better. Too many companies think they know what their clients need but really don’t know because they never ask them. We resolve to ask more often, and more importantly, LISTEN to their answers.

Resolution #3: Make it easy for clients to offer feedback
Client feedback is the most important resource we have. It lets us know how we are doing on a day-to-day basis. We know that our clients are extremely busy and don’t want to spend too much time completing mindless surveys, so we resolve to make it easy and convenient for our clients to reach out to us with their feedback and suggestions for improvement. We will let them reach out to us when, where and how they want to. We will develop as many ways to open the lines of communication as possible.

Resolution #4: Have fun
If you’ve met us in person or ever worked closely with our team, you know that we love to have fun as a company. We work hard together and we love one another like family! We know that companies, like ours, that enjoy tremendous client loyalty offer their clients something they can’t get anywhere else: FUN! We resolve to provide our clients and guests an unexpected, positive experience; to have fun with them! We will continue to find ways to bring fun and joy into our work, and we will bring our clients along for the ride!

Overall, we resolve to learn from the past 12 months and look forward to the next 12. We will continuously strive to offer the best service at the lowest price, and hope that as we keep our 2014 New Year’s Resolutions you will continue to think of Preferred Corporate Housing as “Your Permanent Solution for Temporary Housing Nationwide!”

Celebrate Veteran’s Day with Preferred Corporate Housing

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Every year, Preferred Corporate Housing tries to find some way to thank our Veteran’s for their service to our country. Veterans make up a large percentage of our clients, so it is extremely important for us to let them know how grateful we are for their sacrifice and dedication. This year, we are inviting veterans who are current guests in any of our fully furnished apartments around the country to call our office at (800) 960-0102 to redeem a small token of thanks from the staff at Preferred Corporate Housing. Please ask for Michelle Velasquez.

We also want to invite everyone out there to take part in a Veteran’s Day celebration as well, so we’ve compiled a list of things you can do to honor our brave service men and women on November 11.

-Attend a Veteran’s Day program/parade in your community. Many communities have organized activities that are sponsored by the local VFW as well as student-led school programs that are often open to the public.

-Take part in a flag-raising ceremony. If your office or apartment building has a flag pole, organize a gathering of co-workers/neighbors to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the National Anthem together.

-Participate in a moment of silence in remembrance of those who have given their lives for their country. Invite your family, coworkers, neighbors, and friends to observe a moment of silence as well. A national moment of silence is usually observed at 11:00am (EST).

-Take your children to visit a Veteran’s hospital, or encourage them to send a letter of thanks to a Veteran.

On November 11th, we hope you will take a few moments out of your day to get involved in a celebration of Veteran’s Day in your area. The servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much for our country deserve our gratitude.

Customer Service Week 2010 – October 4th – 10th

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

October 4th – 10th will mark the 8th annual National Customer Service Week. Preferred Corporate Housing is celebrating this week by honoring our outstanding Customer Service Department! We also want to emphasize our commitment to providing the best quality temporary housing solutions accompanied by the highest level of customer service in the industry. Read below to find out what SERVICE means to us!

S is for Selfless – We will be attentive to customer requests, regardless of other priorities. We will demonstrate our abilities through our conduct, conversations, and results.

E is for Ethical – We will act with integrity and a sense of duty and obligation to our customers and will always be accountable for our actions.

R is for Respectful – We will treat our customers as we wish to be treated and ensure that every interaction is conducted in a pleasant and professional manner.

V is for Versatile – We will be resourceful and capable of performing a variety of tasks in order to get the job done, regardless of our job description.

I is for Innovative – We will identify ways to continuously improve our processes and policies to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers. We will welcome customer feedback as a means to improve the services we provide.

C is for Communication – We will actively listen to our customers and respond in a clear and concise manner. We will communicate through available resources, providing accurate information in a manner that is easy to understand.

E is for Encouraging – We will support employee creativity and teamwork to promote an open and collaborative work environment that encourages employees to excel in every aspect of their jobs, including customer service.

At Preferred Corporate Housing, we are committed to our goal of providing the best nationwide temporary housing options along with the highest level of customer service in the industry. We look forward to any opportunity to showcase what SERVICE means to us!

About Preferred Corporate Housing:
Preferred Corporate Housing (corporates.com) is the premier, nationwide extended-stay lodging partner for relocating employees, temporary assignments, recurring projects, and corporate training programs. Corporations and human resource managers turn to Preferred Corporate Housing to take advantage of cost-efficient, fully furnished apartments, accompanied by online inventory management tools, dedicated personal account teams, and service to more than 14,000 cities. PCH is your permanent solution for temporary housing nationwide! (800) 960-0102, corporates.com.

How to make your temporary apartment feel like home

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Many people choose fully furnished apartments for stays of 30 days or longer as alternatives to hotel stays because they want to feel more at home. They want the extra comfort and space than a cramped, cookie-cutter hotel can offer, but if they don’t do anything to personalize their furnished apartment, it can wind up feeling just as cold and cramped as the hotel they were trying to avoid. Here are some great tips on how to make your temporary furnished apartment feel less like a hotel room and more like your home.

Tip # 1: Rearrange the furniture – When the furniture company delivers your items, they will do their best to arrange the items according to the space, but they don’t know your routine or preferences. Instead of placing that comfy chair in front of the television, you may prefer that the chair be by the window because that’s where you like to read. You may want your bed up against a wall instead of in the middle of the room. As long as you are careful not to damage any of the furniture or walls, there is no reason not to design the space according to your preferences.

Tip # 2: Display photos of family and friends – Bring along some framed pictures of your loved ones and place them throughout your apartment. There are many products available that will allow you to hang things without damaging the wall, and you can also utilize your refrigerator to display your children’s pictures and artwork. Having familiar items like these will make the space feel more personal.

Tip # 3: Unpack your suitcase – Even though your apartment may be temporary, take advantage of the dresser and night stand! If you are constantly living out of your suitcase, you can never fully relax because it won’t feel like home.

Tip # 4: Buy some house plants – Studies show that house plants can reduce stress, fight off toxins, and even boost energy! Go to the local home improvement store and find plants that are easy to maintain. http://www.prevention.com/houseplants/

Tip # 5: Maintain your routines – If you always have Taco Night on Tuesday, or practice Yoga every morning, keep up with those important routines. The familiarity of routines will allow you to feel comfortable in your surroundings.

Even though you would rather be at your actual home, sometimes it just isn’t possible. Although you may be 500+ miles away, implementing these five tips can make your temporary apartment feel like home….or at least a little closer to it!