With 16 offices worldwide and dozens of people working remotely, DRG has always supported employees transferring offices--temporarily or permanently--when it makes sense for business or personal reasons. DRG now has an official program to support and guide employees through the Secondments and transfer process. We have also spoken to DRGers around the globe who have taken part in the program to learn why it's so important.

One of DRG’s HR Business Partner’s is based in London--and has seen many transfers in recent history. Even without a formal policy for transfers, there were a wide variety of colleagues moving around for business and personal reasons. "Sometimes," she said, "Work Visas expire and an employee can no longer stay in their office; we want to keep great people so we move them to an office where they are able to continue working." Other times, transfers facilitate business area expansion by injecting someone's expertise into a new geography. The program, though, transcends business and allows for personal life changes. Several DRGers have spouses of other nationalities and shifted their living situation in response.

In any circumstance, new guidelines provide the assurance that these kind of changes are company-backed. The same HR Business Partner was nominated to lead the formation of the program. She noted that "the idea of the policy, rather than approaching this from scratch every time, is to have...more of a process in place and make it fair for all employees. We should all have access to this opportunity if it works for the person and the business." The documentation she and the team have created covers lateral movement, from one business unit to another, financial support for transfers, and the basic layouts of temporary transfers (known as Secondments) and permanent transfers.

"If this is something that interests you, or that you need to do, we want you to know we are here to guide you."

One DRGer who has benefitted from the program, who normally sits in Bangalore on the Analytics team, did a five-month Secondments in the UK. The move was part of an acquisition and a need for in-house knowledge for a database.

The senior analyst noted that a Secondments "gave me new perspectives that helped me grow both personally and professionally. I worked in an office abroad for approximately four months. It is always a challenge for a newcomer but found my colleagues were very supportive and caring. It was extremely interesting to learn about the kind of work other offices are doing. It was great experience for me and I found it really enjoyable."

A consultant who previously worked at DRG in the states moved to the UK to live with her husband. She said of her experience, "As one half of an international marriage, I feel so fortunate to work for an employer that is supportive of the work location flexibility I depend on to balance life between the UK and the US. There are plenty of sacrifices associated with making an international move, so I am incredibly grateful to DRG that the job I love is not one of them. As a now official member of DRG London, I look forward to embracing new opportunities, sharing learnings from my experience in the US, and developing valuable connections with my new local colleagues to support our mission of OneDRG."

Living and working in a new office or country is a big change, but also a big opportunity. DRG employees can take advantage of it and still have the stability and support they need. While most employees don't need to move offices or countries to make lateral business unit changes or be promoted, our HR Business Partner stressed that, "If this is something that interests an employee, or that they need to do, DRG is there to guide them." ••

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