Moving office? Opening in a new town? Need to house project teams or construction workers? There are multiple reasons why you might need to provide housing for your employees, and we are here to help.
If you’re in the middle of expansion or a large scale project, the last thing you need to worry about is where to house your staff during the transition or while they help out.
Why might employers require furnished housing for staff?
There are a multitude of reasons why you may need to procure furnished housing for employees.
With an economy as large and diverse as ours, the reasons will be many and varied, but will include:
- Housing construction workers while they complete a project
- Housing oil workers as part of a FIFO arrangement
- Opening a new office, factory or premises in a new city
- Training camps, conferences and workshops
- Doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners on assignment
- Armed forces or government employees on TDY or assignment
- Teachers or lecturers filling in or covering absence
You get the idea…
There are as many types of employees needing furnished accommodation as there are reasons to need them.
Where to find furnished housing for employees
Many companies make the mistake of finding the closest chain hotel and booking rooms there. It’s simple, requires little thought or administration and is convenient for staff to get to work.
For stays of less than 30 days, a hotel is fine.
It’s a roof over their head, may provide breakfast and will keep staff safe and warm while they work.
For stays over 30 days, a hotel doesn’t make such good sense.
You could also use Airbnb, Craigslist, local real estate agents or corporate housing providers.
Each typically offers a selection of furnished properties to rent for a time and each can help you manage the administration.
They aren’t always the best option though. Airbnb is a great idea but everyone knows not all hosts provide the levels of accommodation they promise.
Craigslist is like a lucky dip. Sometimes you’ll find amazing furnished accommodation and other times you find the opposite.
Not all real estate agents deal with rentals and those that do, don’t always deal with furnished rentals.
Corporate housing providers are designed for this specific task but you have to be careful which you work with.
Like any service, standards vary hugely across the board and prices can be wildly different for the same level of accommodation.
We definitely recommend working with a corporate housing provider if you need to house staff. But we also recommend being very selective about who you work with.
Corporate housing for staff
Using a corporate housing provider to house staff while they are working away from home makes perfect sense.
They manage everything for you. All services and utilities are included with the property and within the rent.
Services like grocery deliveries or housekeeping can often be included for a little extra convenience.
Furnished rentals are sometimes half the price of a comparable hotel for stays of 30 days or more.
That means more space, more amenities, more convenience, for less money.
There aren’t many times in life when you genuinely get more for less, but this is one of those times!