Preparing to Relocate for an Internship

After months of applications, cover letters, and interviews, you’ve overcome the biggest hurdle: receiving an internship. Whether it’s short- or long-term, part- or full-time, this is a victory that should be celebrated. And with this new role, comes a new destination.

Moving for an internship is more than just changing locations; it's a transformative experience that shapes your professional and personal growth.

Relocating for an internship is an exciting yet challenging adventure. To ensure a smooth transition, we’ve crafted this detailed guide to help interns like you make the most out of their relocation experience. From temporary housing options to maximizing your internship program, here’s what you can expect and how to thrive during your time away from home.

Moving for an internship is more than just changing locations; it’s a transformative experience that shapes your professional and personal growth. Out-of-state internships offer the opportunity to develop more than just hard skills. In addition to the knowledge and exposure you’re destined to gain throughout your internship, relocation invites endless chances to evolve and challenge yourself as an individual. You’ll not only grow as a professional, but also gain soft skills that will last you a lifetime. However, all these benefits do not necessarily make this journey any less daunting.

Embracing the Internship Journey

As you acclimate to your new role and your new home, you will inevitably be presented with various obstacles. To best prepare for your internship journey and alleviate some of the growing pains that accompany moving to a new city, it’s vital to research your destination.

Embracing the Internship Journey

When relocating to a different city or state, it’s important to educate yourself on travel safety tips and immerse yourself in the cultural nuances of the location. With a comprehensive knowledge of your new home away from home, you’ll have a strong foundation to explore and build authentic connections. Do your best to break out of your shell and engage with your neighbors and fellow interns. If you’re accepting summer internships or winter internships, look into joining local groups or pursuing activities that offer an opportunity to socialize and make new friends. It’s essential to establish a support network so that you have a community to lean on if you ever start to feel homesick or during your program.

While adapting to your new living and work environment may prove difficult, you are not alone in your journey. Many of your peers and colleagues are likely experiencing similar anxieties, and your employers will be able to sympathize with the strength that it takes to overcome your apprehensions as you take on a new job away from home.

Maximizing Your Internship Program with Temporary Housing

Preparing for your internship can be an overwhelming experience on its own, so your housing should be the least of your worries. Temporary housing plays a crucial role in ensuring a comfortable and productive internship experience. Corporate housing companies like Synergy Global Housing help eliminate the added stress of finding a new apartment. Instead of signing a lease, you’ll have a guest service agent guide you through every step of the process and help you find the perfect housing solution. Simply share your desired destination, and Synergy will take care of the rest.

Maximizing Your Internship Program with Temporary Housing

For short-term living or extended stays, temporary housing proves to be the easiest, stress-free option. Award-winning customer service and abundant amenities contribute to a resort-like experience that enhances your overall well-being. Apartments are move-in ready, with all the comforts of home: installed utilities, fully furnished living spaces, housewares and linens. Synergy helps you to relocate with confidence, so that all you must do is show up and turn the key in the lock.

Relocation Assistance

Internship relocation assistance from providers like Synergy helps you make the most of your experience. Discover a comfortable and convenient living space that complements your lifestyle and includes everything from free wi-fi to on-premises laundry. During fall internships or spring internships, avoid having to compete with students for leases and housing and enjoy the guarantee of a move-in ready, premium property. And the best part? You can rest assured that your new home will be secure and held to the highest standards of quality assurance, without having to fly out early to find a place on your own.

Peace of Mind

 peace of mind provided by corporate housing

The only thing better than the peace of mind provided by corporate housing, is the unique opportunities offered to interns sharing the same housing. By opting for corporate housing, you may experience more of a dorm-like atmosphere. Sharing common areas or even neighboring your colleagues and peers makes it much easier to socialize and make friends in your program. Plus, many companies utilize the common areas of corporate housing for social events, so you’ll be that much closer for the next pool party, barbecue, or networking reception!

Corporate housing can be so much more than just a safe place to lay your head. It becomes a chance to connect, share experiences, and build lasting professional relationships with your coworkers. Embark on your internship program with every certainty that you will succeed, with Synergy by your side. Experience the Synergy difference and explore the housing solution that makes the most sense for you.

Synergy Partners with Montana Based All Natural Snacks Company, Yellowstone Foods

In support of small business, the strategic partnership delivers locally sourced and sustainable options to welcome business travelers.

San Ramon, CA, January 9, 2024 — Synergy Global Housing (Synergy), a serviced accommodation program management leader, announced a strategic partnership with Yellowstone Foods to distribute its all-natural snacks to guests across California with plans to expand to other US locations. Blending the rich history of Montana’s natural and local ingredients with rustic flavors, Yellowstone’s snacks are sustainably produced, adventure-infused snacks.

Yellowstone Foods

“Partnering with Yellowstone Foods is a natural fit because we believe it’s the little things—like providing a delicious and eco-conscious chocolate chip cookie from Big Sky Country—that impact the guest experience the most,” said Debra Christopher, President of Synergy. “When people travel for over 20 hours across continents and arrive to their corporate apartment after dark, we want them to feel the thought and care we put in to welcome them.”

Yellowstone Foods, a home-grown small business that launched 2 years ago in Butte, Montana, is known for crafting delicious snacks and prioritizing sustainability in every aspect of its operations. The company utilizes compostable packaging, actively reduces waste by donating excess products to local Montana shelters and food banks, and sources ingredients locally to minimize its carbon footprint.

“We are excited to bring our natural snacks to Synergy’s guests and create a unique welcome experience that we believe complements and fuels the adventurous spirit of business travel and relocation,” said Steve Guggenheimer, Co-Founder of Yellowstone Foods. “Having spent a lot of time in my career on the road, I recognize the value of a great tasting, natural snack waiting on arrival in a new city or location. The Synergy and Yellowstone Foods partnership is that welcomed surprise when travelers least expect it.” 

Yellowstone Foods - Cookies

After a successful pilot program returned rave reviews, Synergy will roll out Yellowstone Foods’ signature snacks to its guests, starting in California with some of Yellowstone Foods’ best-selling products, including the Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie and Hazelnut Espresso Bar. Beyond that, Synergy plans to offer the snacks at its other US-based locations in the near future. Synergy guests also receive a 15 percent discount on their first Yellowstone Foods order via a QR code printed on the guest’s welcome card that outlines and tells the story of the two companies’ unique and inspired partnership.

“We believe that the feel of the product and the ethos of Yellowstone Foods perfectly match the preferences of our guests. It’s more than just snacks; it’s an experience and a brand ethos that aligns with our commitment to small business, local experiences and sustainability,” added Christopher.

Yellowstone Foods - Granola Bar

The Yellowstone Foods partnership is integral to Synergy’s broader sustainability initiatives and its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030. From the company’s updated travel policies to removing plastics, reducing its reliance on paper, flexible work arrangements and eliminating food waste to its broader industry sustainability stewardship, Synergy is using science-based targets to enact a more environmentally conscious approach to business. Synergy is determined to contribute to the collective education and behaviors that better our environment through the products, services and measurements it employs.

To learn more about Synergy’s sustainability journey, please visit its sustainability webpage here.

About Synergy Global Housing

Founded in 1999, Synergy is an international serviced accommodation provider headquartered in San Ramon, CA, delivering a superior hospitality-driven extended-stay experience to the business travel and mobility industries. Providing best-in-class housing and services in over 2,000 cities in more than 85 countries, the company has offices in China, Singapore, India, England, Ireland and multiple locations throughout the United States.

Recognized globally, Synergy’s recent awards include the 2023 Travel Partner of The Year: Alternative Accommodation Operator from the Business Travel Awards, 2023 and 2021 Company of The Year from the Corporate Housing Provider’s Association (CHPA), 2023 ITM Service Excellence Team; 2022 Operations Team of the Year from the Business Travel People Awards; 2022 Serviced Apartment Provider of the Year Regional/Global from Relocate Magazine; and the 2021 Corporate Housing Provider of the Year from the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM) U.S. and EMEA regions.

Synergy is a member of The Ascott Limited (Ascott), a leading international lodging owner-operator based in Singapore. Spanning more than 220 cities in over 40 countries, Ascott’s serviced residence and hotel brands include Ascott, Citadines, lyf, Oakwood, Quest, Somerset, The Crest Collection, The Unlimited Collection, Préférence, Fox, Harris, POP!, Vertu and Yello. Ascott is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Investment Limited (CLI), one of Asia’s largest diversified real estate groups headquartered and listed in Singapore and Malaysia. Today, Ascott boasts over 30 years of industry track record and award-winning brands that enjoy recognition worldwide.

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About Yellowstone Foods LLC

Yellowstone Foods is an all-natural snack food company inspired by the rich history of Montana. We blend natural and local ingredients with rustic flavors to create the ultimate snacks for wherever your adventures take you. Each snack draws inspiration from a different region or aspect of the Big Sky Country. We honor the history of Montana while looking to the future with locally sourced, sustainable ingredients and eco-friendly packaging.

Our team came together through Montana-forged friendships. We share a common passion for good food and adventure in the great outdoors. Yellowstone Foods was created to feed that adventure.

Essential Safety Tips for Traveling Internationally

In this modern work-from-anywhere era, exciting new experiences and opportunities for exploration are simply a few mouse clicks away. No matter the reason for your travels—if you’re a digital nomad, relocating for work, or getting the lay of the land for a new project—it’s important to prepare with caution. So, before you hop on your next flight abroad, ensure you’re protected with these important travel safety tips.

Acclimating to your new environment requires an alert and open mind. Thankfully, with fully furnished living spaces and serviced apartments like those offered by Synergy, your home base will be the least of your worries.

As you prepare for your next extended stay or short-term sojourn, we’ve compiled a list of safety guidelines that all travelers should know.

Before You Go

Your protection is of the utmost importance, especially when you’re traveling internationally. Our 24/7 guest services team is well-versed in anything and everything travel safety.

The key is proactivity. Do your research, establish a cultural knowledge of foreign countries, and prepare for all possible outcomes.

Familiarize Yourself with Your Destination

When you move to a new city, whether you’re relocating for work or taking advantage of remote flexibility, your cultural awareness of the region is vital for your success.

Familiarize Yourself with Your Destination

Your social comprehension and etiquette can directly influence your safety.  In various regions, such as the Middle East where modest attire is appreciated, and in Asia where business culture emphasizes personal interaction and trust, cultural nuances like proper attire and dining etiquette can greatly impact social and professional interactions. The more you try to learn, the easier it will be to reduce the risk of aggravation or embarrassment in your social encounters.

In your research, you’ll grow to understand and respect the cultural nuances and traditions of your new community. Synergy serves as the perfect go-to resource with customer support and local knowledge that will help ease any traveling or relocation discomfort. Additionally, platforms such as Tripadvisor or Reddit are also great digital forums for travelers’ first-hand insights. Take advantage of the subreddits for travel hacks or destination-specific threads, as well as traditional guidebooks, magazines, and Synergy’s detailed city guides

Make Copies of Important Documents

When you are either traveling or residing in a foreign country, there are three key steps you should take to ensure your safety and stay well-informed.

Firstly, you should always have multiple copies of your travel documents (such as a license or passport) in case they are either lost or stolen. As a backup, safely store digital copies of your important documents on your laptop or mobile phone.

Secondly, you can utilize the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a cost-free service designed to help you register your travel plans with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By doing this, you establish a direct link with your government representatives while abroad.

Lastly, it's essential to have access to the contact information for the nearest embassy. This information can be invaluable in times of need, providing you with a lifeline in emergency situations. Additionally, it's wise to stay updated on any travel warnings or advisories relevant to your destination through the STEP program. This program not only offers essential safety information but also serves as an ultimate safety resource if you encounter unexpected crises during your international journey.

Protect Yourself and Your Belongings

Protect Yourself and Your Belongings

When you’re traveling with precious cargo—from your credit cards to jewelry to yourself—it’s important to be equipped with secure luggage and travel-safe self-defense devices. 

Safely pack away your belongings and prevent being pick-pocketed with travel locks and anti-theft backpacks. Maintain peace of mind throughout your journey with a TSA-permitted personal safety alarm and RFID-blocking wallets to prevent your banking information from being stolen via the chips on your credit cards. And remember to look up and memorize the phone number for your destination’s emergency services.

But rest assured, you’re not alone. At Synergy, we strive to uphold the Duty of Care each company demands for their employees. Our guest services team is focused on reducing risk before your arrival. Your accommodations will be ready and easily accessible, and we’ll be on standby for any difficulties you may encounter.

While You’re Exploring

For digital nomads and business travelers alike, we’ll provide you with everything you need to make yourself feel at home. With housewares, linens, high speed Wi-Fi, and on-site laundry, our fully furnished corporate housing apartment will become your home base in no time. Once you’re settled in, you’ll be ready to hit the town; however, there are still some tips to remember to stay safe as you engage with your new community.

Ask Locals (and Us!) for Advice

Ask Locals (and Synergy!) for Advice

When you move to a new city, your ability to interact with the locals can help introduce you more quickly to your surroundings. For this reason, it’s extremely beneficial to try to learn some basic words and phrases in the native vernacular.

Your fellow residents will have abundant knowledge of the neighborhood. They’ll be able to tell you which bar has the cheapest happy hour, where to catch the closest train, and what areas to avoid for your own safety. Our guest services team is here and available to help support our travelers with whatever you need, wherever you are in the world.

Stay Alert

Although our devices are a great way to energize a mundane walk or subway ride, you should always do your best to stay aware of your surroundings. Remain hypervigilant, avoid using your phone while walking, and keep your headphone volume low enough to hear your environment.

With helpful alerts and reminders throughout your journey, apps like TripIt are fantastic ways to organize your travel details. Once you update the app with your destination, it helps to provide neighborhood safety scores, currency conversions, and more.

Always Have a Plan

Tap into your research and use your newfound knowledge of your destination to get the lay of the land. Do your best to gain confidence with the general layout of your new community.

Always Have a Plan

If you’re checking out a new restaurant or meeting with a client for the first time, determine your path before you leave your serviced apartment, and walk with purpose. By removing the need for a map or GPS, you’ll look less like a tourist and more like a local—which means you’ll be less of a target for potential scammers or pickpockets.

If Plan A takes a turn for the worst, make sure you always have a back-up plan. Take note of local landmarks, as well as the nearest hospital or police station, so that if something happens, you’ll know where to go. And if you do get lost, make sure you always have a portable charger, as well as your address and important phone numbers written down or memorized.

Synergy’s Emergency Response in Times of Crisis

The world is a complex place where unforeseen emergencies can arise at any moment. Whether it's the conflicts in Ukraine and Israel or the devastating wildfires in California, Synergy is fully prepared and equipped to provide assistance for emergency moves and evacuations. We've established a dedicated Crisis Response Team across all regions, continuously monitoring global situations to support our clients and guests.

Synergy's Crisis Response program is meticulously designed to handle incidents at their source, prioritizing the rapid dissemination of critical information, supplying the necessary resources, and offering guidance to local crisis teams. Our primary goal is to provide prompt and effective support. To achieve this, our crisis structure places great emphasis on establishing clear communication pathways, ensuring that resources are deployed as swiftly as possible.

Ready for your next stay?

With these safety tips and tricks, you’re ready to embark on your travels. Whether you’re relocating independently, or organizing a large group move for your company, Synergy is here to help.

Remember to be proactive. Plan ahead and do your due diligence on your destination. Research the cultural and social norms of your new community, come prepared with copies of important documents and identification, and equip yourself with travel accessories and tools that will ensure your security on your journey.

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Once you arrive at your serviced, fully furnished apartment, you’ll feel right at home. Get acclimated to your local environment by reaching out to our 24/7 guest services team and your fellow residents, who will have an expansive knowledge of the area. But don’t forget to remain alert in your explorations. Always keep a look out for suspicious activity and prepare yourself for the unexpected.

Your next adventure awaits! Let us help you plan your stay today in one of the cities we specialize in.

Enhancing The Guest Experience in Serviced Accommodations

In a world full of advancing tech, robots and AI, there’s something that will always remain at the heart of hospitality: it’s people.

While technology can be a great enabler for an efficient and streamlined serviced accommodation programme, we must not underestimate the role human connection plays in the delivery of an exceptional guest experience.

From choosing the right apartment to creating an environment in which travellers can thrive at work, to quelling the anxiety and distractions that can sometimes accompany global business travel, the power of human connection really is second to none when dealing with the complex nuances associated with building a showstopping corporate housing solution.

In this article, we’ll explore what serviced accommodations are and why the value of human connection is so crucial in building and sustaining a memorable and outstanding guest experience.

Serviced Accommodation and Guest Experience—What You Need to Know

The serviced accommodation product by its very nature provides the capability to substantially enhance the guest experience when compared to other forms of solutions within the hospitality industry, such as hotels. This popular accommodation type typically comes as a self-contained, fully furnished apartment within a residential or hotel-like establishment, and offers a wide range of amenities such as a fully-equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and larger living spaces.

Access to such amenities empowers travellers to live just as comfortably, independently and flexibly as they would at home, and provides guests with access to the little luxuries we don’t realise we take for granted until we’re stuck in a small hotel room. This could be anything from the ability to put a cycle of washing on after you spill your morning coffee, or the space and privacy to catch up with friends over a bottle of wine—it’s the little conveniences that make a home, a home.

4 Reasons The Power of Human Connection in Customer Service Is So Vital

We’ve dipped our toes into how the serviced accommodation product itself can enhance the guest experience, and we can’t stress enough the value such a product can add to a business travel or global mobility programme, but we know it’s really the service, personal touch and careful consideration behind the scenes that makes the magic happen.

Below we’ve compiled 4 reasons why the power of human connection is so important in customer service, alongside some tips and tricks you’ll need to consider if you want to take guest satisfaction to new heights.

The Power of Human Connection Goes Way Beyond Mere Transactions

The power of human connection goes way beyond mere transactions and enables service providers to truly see and address the unique challenges, circumstances and emotions of the individuals they serve.

Why should this approach to customer service be such an important element for travel managers to consider? Well, because a successful travel programme needs to go way beyond a one-size-fits-all approach.

While online filter tools can help promote a more personalised approach, these types of tools also typically lack the ability to detail sufficient information about how certain nuances of a city or country might impact on a guests’ overall experience. And with each guest coming with their own unique set of preferences, requirements and personal circumstances, it is paramount travellers have access to a hospitality industry expert who can ask the right questions to ensure guests stay in the optimal apartment for them that meets their requirements.

A great example of where this is important is in Paris where buildings are old and typically don’t have elevators. Many international travellers are unaware of this local nuance and may therefore not consider such a factor when utilising online booking tools. For example, while an apartment on a high floor in such a property may be suitable for a young, solo traveller, the same option may not be as appropriate for an older traveller or a family with young children.

First Impressions Count

First impressions count—especially when guests have just arrived from a long and tiring flight.

Picture this: you arrive at your destination after a long flight, tired and mentally preparing for the next day’s critical presentation. You notice there’s a water leak in your AirBnb when you arrive, it’s 11pm at night and you can’t get a hold of your host. What now?

Ok, now picture this: you arrive to your apartment and a guest experience team have already checked your accommodation is move-in ready, every detail has been meticulously arranged and you have a phone number on hand you know someone will answer in the event you need support. That’s the power of human connection—it’s the unconscious knowledge that someone is there to help in the event you require support.

Enhancing The Guest Experience in Serviced Accommodations: The Power of Human Connection

Working with an accommodation management company who requires property partners and housekeeping teams to conduct vigilant apartment vetting prior to a guest’s arrival plays a very important role in catching service challenges before they happen and can help deliver a seamless transition from travel stress to comfort. Programme managers, like Synergy, will also be able to deliver access to round-the-clock guest services support in the event challenges arise, helping to set the tone for a relaxed and productive trip.

Human Connection Has the Power to Address the Sense of Anxiety and Unfamiliarity

Human connection has the power to address the sense of anxiety and unfamiliarity that can come with travelling away from home.

Travelling away from home can be a stressful experience for many travellers—and there’s something so incredibly comforting about knowing someone is on the other end of the line to help when support is required.

Having an empathetic, guest experience representative on hand to help, who can not only dive into each individual’s personal requirements, but answer questions specific to the guests’ concerns before, during or after their trip, will ensure guests feel heard, seen, safe and supported before they’ve even moved in.

A great example of when this is so important might be where the traveller in question has specific accessibility requirements. Travellers who utilise online booking tools typically have the benefit of being able to filter searches to show accessibility friendly apartment types—such as apartments with auditory guidance, visual aids or adapted bathroom amenities—but the same travellers often cite their anxiety surrounding limited information about the suitability of wider property amenities and surrounding areas in relation to their own personal requirements.

In such a scenario, an accommodation management company would be able to work with its property partners and on-the-ground teams to provide additional information about the property and surrounding areas, such as the safety of their route to the office in relation to their individual requirements. This personal touch can substantially enhance guest satisfaction by ensuring guests feel in control of their decisions, safety and overall guest experience.

When Business Travellers Feel Well Taken Care Of, They Can Be More Productive at Work.

Exceptional guest satisfaction doesn’t stop at a comfortable bed and clean apartment. When we create an environment in which business travellers feel truly supported, and potential stressors are eliminated, guests are free to fully immerse themselves into their work commitments—and this is the whole point of the trip, right?

The objective for guest services teams is to shift traveller focus from worrying about logistics—internet connection, maintenance, housekeeping etc.—and onto fostering an environment which promotes wellbeing. Accommodation management companies offer many types of solutions to promote guest productivity during business travel, which could be anything from building a fully ergonomic workspace to sourcing apartments which offer wellbeing amenities such as co-working spaces, gyms, outdoor areas and more.

Well cared for travellers are not only empowered to achieve their best and get the most out of their trip, but their experience will likely reflect very positively onto their satisfaction at work as a whole. Such satisfaction can reap exceptional overall organisational benefits including long-term associate satisfaction at work, increased productivity and retention.

How Synergy Can Help

At Synergy, we specialise in managing the end-to-end management of serviced accommodation programmes, wherever in the world our clients need us to be, and for however long.

By combining technology with a personalised and human approach, our goal is to make it easy for you to achieve your business travel objectives through the delivery of a cost-effective corporate housing solution, without any compromise on guest experience. More specifically, Synergy can provide:

• Consultative, end-to-end programme management which targets your specific business travel and overall organisational objectives

• Access to over 165,000 fully vetted serviced apartments, spanning 85+ countries and 2,000 cities

• Access to award-winning, high touch service teams who will go above and beyond to deliver your business travel objectives

• A consistent guest experience wherever in the world your travellers are

• Innovative and flexible corporate housing solutions to meet the ever-evolving requirements of the modern day business traveller

Ready to learn more about how Synergy can enhance your travel programme? Tell us what you need and our local teams will be happy to support you.

Accommodating the Evolving Needs of the Business Traveler 

In the era of work-from-anywhere, the landscape of corporate travel has undergone a profound transformation. As today's travelers demand greater flexibility, and the line between business and leisure continues to blur, corporate travel managers are facing the challenge of adapting to dynamic expectations. To ensure the success of their organizations and the satisfaction of their globe-trotting employees, these managers need to revisit their travel policies. They may even face a CFO who wants to cut travel budgets, or simply wonder what remote and hybrid work mean for corporate travel. In this article, we’ll explore the evolving needs of today's business travelers – and how travel managers can accommodate them. 

Adapting Your Corporate Travel Policy 

Based on their own preferences, the ways in which employees view and approach business travel has shifted. Today’s travelers take “workcations” or “bleisure trips” – adding a few days before or after a business trip for leisure. And with remote and hybrid work becoming the new norm, they can bring their laptops and set up shop in their destination, for as long as they need or desire to. They may even be happy to spend a month or longer living and working in a new city. 

As a corporate travel manager, rather than resisting change, the smart move is to evolve your organization’s travel policy to fit these evolving expectations. Here are some actions you might consider: 

  • Assessing your travelers’ recent booking behaviors to anticipate their needs. Where do they like to stay? Are they adding extra days to their trip? What types of accommodations do they prefer? 
  • Allowing travelers to add time to their trip, either at the company’s expense if they’ll be working during the extra days, or at their own expense if it’s for personal leisure. 
  • Providing a lump sum to give travelers more flexibility in booking their housing. 

It’s also a good idea to ensure the accommodations you’re booking employees in are suitable for longer-term stays. That way, should they need or want to stay awhile, your travelers will be comfortable and have everything they need to be productive. Synergy’s serviced apartments, for instance, are found in key cities and locations worldwide and offer all the comforts of home: furnished living spaces, a fully equipped kitchen, housewares and more. Our expert team of corporate housing professionals and program managers provide an end-to-end solution, delivered at the highest level in the industry. 

Proving the Continued Value of Business Travel 

As business travel continues to evolve, you may encounter CFOs and other important stakeholders wanting to cut the corporate travel budget, or even eliminate it completely. How should corporate travel managers respond? 

The key is to reframe the conversation from cutting costs to maximizing value. Talk about traveling better and smarter, not less. Follow these tips: 

  • Identify the key goals of your corporate travel program, and which elements of the program are essential to achieving those goals. Establish these elements as non-negotiables when planning for future travel
  • Emphasize the renewed importance of global business travel for a distributed workforce, allowing remote workers to meet each other in person – perhaps for the first time. 
  • Speak your CFO’s language by presenting them with hard numbers. Showcase the continued value of corporate travel using data, and calculate ROI.  

What Do Hybrid and Remote Work Mean for Global Business Travel? 

Remote and hybrid work are here to stay – and so is global business travel. But what does this mean for the latter?

We might see the very nature and purpose of business travel change. At the very least, it will change what employees expect from the corporate travel experience. Consider the following: 

  • Members of today’s distributed workforce have the ability to work from anywhere, but they’re also increasingly reliant on tools and applications that allow them to communicate, collaborate and conduct business remotely. They’ll expect the same when it comes to corporate travel. Invest in easy-to-use tools for managing flights, travel-related expenses, per diems, etc. And if you choose Synergy, you can be assured that the stay experience, from check-in to check-out, will be seamless. 
  • Workers on the same team may be based all over the country, or even the world, and they may have never all been in the same place at the same time. Corporate travel managers may find themselves arranging trips with the sole purpose of having teammates meet each other in person, perhaps for the first time.
  • With the ubiquity of remote work, employees will want to know the why behind any business travel they’re asked to do. Don’t just think about the value it adds for the company, but the value it provides to the traveling employees, too. Show them what’s in it for them – bonding with the team, meeting company leaders, visiting a new city, and squeezing in some leisure time while they’re at it. 

How Synergy Can Help 

At Synergy, we’re well aware of the changes and challenges facing companies and their business travel programs. How can we assist in these scenarios, if possible? 

Adapting your corporate travel policy

Synergy’s housing solutions are inherently flexible and easily tailored to your company’s corporate travel policy. As your policy adapts, so do we, allowing for seamless adjustments to suit your specific requirements. You can book with confidence in our flexible terms, easy extensions without fees, location sourcing and vetting, and cost-effectiveness for extended stays. 

Proving the continued value of business travel

Our goal is to deliver constant quality that is aligned with your business travel goals. We ensure every aspect of the booking process and stay experience is meticulously taken care of – from top-notch amenities to personalized services. If you have groups of colleagues traveling together, our corporate housing solutions can provide larger units or multiple apartments in the same building, allowing the team to stay together and collaborate more effectively. As your travelers stay comfortable and productive on the road, Synergy makes it easy for you to demonstrate the lasting value of business travel. 

Hybrid and remote work

Embracing the modern work landscape, Synergy offers customized solutions for both hybrid and remote work arrangements. Our apartments are equipped with state-of-the-art amenities and versatile work-from-home setups, allowing you and your team to thrive in any work environment. Corporate housing also provides a level of privacy and security – on both a personal and data level – that is not as prevalent in hotels.

By implementing these measures, Synergy aims to support and empower your business and its travel program in every possible way. Ready to learn more and get started? Tell us about your needs and our team of housing and hospitality experts will be happy to assist. 

How Synergy and Corporate Housing Embody Sustainable Living

It’s Earth month, and April 22 is Earth Day — although we like to think every day and every month is for this blue planet of ours. Sustainability is what will keep it livable for all of us, and companies must do their part. The actions of individuals are of course important, but as a global business, our impact is bigger — and so is our responsibility to the environment. 

As a global provider of corporate housing, Synergy is dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint, minimizing waste, conserving energy and water, and promoting sustainable living practices. Here’s how our industry allows individuals to work and travel in an eco-friendly way, as well as Synergy’s sustainability initiatives and achievements as we work toward our goal of becoming a carbon-neutral organization by 2030.

Corporate housing: the sustainable choice for business and extended-stay travel

By choosing corporate housing over hotels for business travel or extended stays, you’ve already made a sustainable (and overall smart!) choice. By their very nature, extended-stay accommodations are a form of sustainable temporary housing. They’re less wasteful than hotels, and other accommodations meant for shorter stays and higher turnover. For instance: UK hotels are estimated to produce 289,700 metric tons of waste each year. 

Corporate housing uses less frequent housekeeping and replenishing of provisions, which means less trash, less paper and plastic, less water and electricity used for laundry, less cleaning supplies and less food waste. Extended-stay apartments are made for living, and travelers tend to treat them more like their home — rather than fleeting, short-term quarters they’ll be leaving behind in a few days. 

Synergy Global Housing’s sustainability initiatives and achievements

Our philosophy on sustainability recognizes that it starts with a mindset, which is then carried forward with action and reinforced through transparency, accountability and responsibility. Here are some examples of Synergy’s commitment to sustainable living.

Sustainability Champions team

This team of associates from across the business is passionate and eager to make a difference. They’ve developed a 54-point sustainability action plan, an ever-evolving route to a carbon-neutral future, helping as many individuals and organizations along the way as possible.

Reducing waste and emissions in our operations

We’re doing all we can to minimize waste and emissions as we provide corporate housing all over the world. In an effort to reduce food waste, we reimagined how we approach welcome grocery items we place in our apartments. We’re moving toward providing prepaid gift cards and food delivery options, so guests can select foods they enjoy and plan to consume. This initiative eliminated 30% of food waste once generated from unused welcome packs, in addition to reducing our carbon footprint related to transport, storage and delivery.

To address plastic pollution, we’re removing single-use plastics from our managed apartments, saving over 120,000 plastic bottles from ending up in landfill sites or the ocean annually. We replaced plastic water bottles in our welcome packs with boxed water and glass carafes, and replaced toiletries with biodegradable and microplastic-free alternatives. In February 2022, Synergy also expanded its EMEA presence with our first entirely plastic-free property in London.

Additionally, Synergy has upgraded 85% of its vehicles to hybrid or fully electric cars, reducing our emissions as we do business.

GreenFeet partnership

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We’ve partnered with sustainability software specialist GreenFeet to track and report on Synergy’s progress toward our 2030 carbon-neutral goal. Synergy published its first emissions report in October 2022, in which GreenFeet analyzed data gathered by the Sustainability Champions team regarding Synergy’s carbon footprint. This analysis will be used as a baseline and a benchmark in tracking our progress toward zero net emissions.

Science Based Targets

Synergy is a committed member of the Science Based Targets initiative, which drives climate action in the private sector by enabling organizations to set science-based emissions reduction targets. This ensures we’re reducing our emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, while also holding us accountable via annual reporting and tracking.

Industry committees

Synergy is represented on multiple sustainability committees within our industry, including the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) and the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA). As members of these committees, we share knowledge and engage with industry experts on an ongoing basis.

Synergy’s Green Leaf Program

Synergy’s Green Leaf Program

The Green Leaf Program is Synergy’s sustainability ranking system for its properties. It supports travelers’ ability to make informed sustainable accommodation choices, and promotes sustainable practices among our supply chain partners. The program requires our partners to complete a questionnaire based specifically on their properties, which Synergy uses to give each property a rating on our sustainability index. This number is translated to an easy-to-understand green leaf rating that is displayed on property profiles, allowing the end-user (travelers) to see a property’s sustainability ranking and make an informed choice about where to stay.

Synergy staff initiatives

Working at Synergy also means working toward sustainability. As such, we developed our Little Things Matter internal training initiative to educate team members about Synergy’s sustainability goals, and how they can reduce their carbon footprint at work and at home. In addition, we expanded our remote work policy, further reducing Synergy’s carbon footprint by eliminating commutes to and from the office. 24% of our staff now work remotely on a permanent basis.

Join us for a sustainable future

The path to sustainability is as much about the journey as the destination. Science will lead the way to a more sustainable future, but we must first work together to take measured steps toward meaningful change. As Debra Christopher, President of Synergy Global Housing, puts it: “It’s culture. It’s behavior. It’s passion. But most importantly, it’s necessary.” Join us!

Relocating to a Country Where You Don’t Know the Language

Moving abroad? We know you have a long list of things to do. But one thing can make everything else on your list a lot easier. If you aren’t a native speaker of the local language, start having conversation classes ASAP. As corporate language trainers, we see firsthand how important language skills are on international assignments. And also, we’ll tell you when it’s not that important. 

Speaking a Foreign Language at Work

Let’s start with the benefits of speaking the local language at work. We’ve seen some expats downplay this. For example, someone who’s relocating from Minneapolis to Mexico City might think that their Spanish classes in college were enough preparation to navigate the city. Or they may figure that they don’t need to learn Spanish because everyone in their new office speaks English.

There’s a big difference, however, between speaking a foreign language in a classroom vs. using it all day, every day with native speakers. Your foreign language courses in school didn’t give you the specialized vocabulary you need for your job. And you probably didn’t get enough conversational practice.

But what if everyone at your office speaks your language in addition to their native language? We still recommend having conversation classes in the local language, for at least 100 hours. This shows respect for your colleagues. It will also help you build relationships at work and feel less like an outsider. Learning the language also helps you understand the culture of your new colleagues. That improves communication and eases misunderstandings.

Speaking a New Language Outside of Work

Language skills matter outside of work, too. This is true even if there’s an expat community from your native country in your new one. When you relocate internationally, it’s only natural to feel lonely sometimes. For some expats, feelings of isolation can be so severe that they cut their international assignment short. Speaking the local language will help you make new friends and feel more at home.

Building your language skills also has great practical value. When you move to another country, there’s a lot to figure out. How does the transportation system work? How do you make a doctor’s appointment? Where’s the post office? Having some fluency in the local language makes everyday obstacles easier to overcome. This will be equally important if you’re moving with your spouse or children.

How to Learn a Foreign Language

So if you’re relocating to a country where you don’t speak the language, how can you prepare? Here are a few tips for efficiently learning a foreign language.

  • Opt for classes with a native speaker. Don’t just rely on language-learning apps. (Apps are a great supplement to classes, though.)
  • Find an instructor who will customize classes based on your language-learning goals. They should teach you the vocabulary you’ll need to work and manage your daily life — not random phrases from a textbook.
  • Ask your instructor to focus on conversational practice. To learn faster, find additional opportunities for conversations in your target language.
  • Learn your new country’s culture as you learn its language. (This is another reason it’s important to work with a native speaker.)
  • Surround yourself with your target language. For example, change the audio on your favorite Netflix show to the language you are learning.
  • Celebrate your progress. You won’t gain the fluency of a native speaker overnight. But everything you learn will help you have a more successful experience in your new country.

Relocate with Ease

Are you planning to relocate to a new country for work but are worried about the language barrier? At Fluency Corp, we understand that the transition can be overwhelming. That's why we have partnered with Synergy Global Housing to offer language training services that cater to your specific needs and goals, ensuring a smooth and seamless transition.

Our customized language programs are designed to help you learn the local language efficiently and effectively, enabling you to integrate into the local community with ease. You can focus on your work while enjoying a comfortable home away from home and a convenient way to improve your language skills.

Synergy Global Housing's exceptional accommodations and award-winning customer service provide you with the support and comfort you need throughout your relocation journey. With our combined expertise, you can rest assured that your overall experience will be positive and successful.

If you are relocating to a new country for work, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Let us help you make your move as smooth as possible.

The Ultimate Dubliner's Guide to St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is a popular national holiday in Ireland and is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the capital city of Dublin. From the famous Paddy's Parade to the traditional Irish music and food, this is the time of year Dublin truly comes alive. So grab your green hat, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to celebrate the luck of the Irish in style! 

Tour the Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse, a must-visit attraction during St. Patrick's Day, is a seven-story museum housed in an old fermentation plant that offers a fascinating glimpse into the iconic Irish beer's production process. Start your tour by standing at the bottom of the world's largest pint glass and work your way through the different stages of production. Afterward, head to the Gravity Bar, where you can savor a complimentary pint of Guinness while taking in breathtaking panoramic views of the city. It's the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in true Irish style. 

Participate in the Paddy's Parade

One of the most popular events during St. Patrick's Day is the Paddy's Parade, which takes place on March 17th every year. The parade is a spectacle of color, music and dance, and it attracts thousands of locals and tourists alike. The parade route runs through the heart of Dublin city center, starting at Parnell Square and finishing at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Be sure to arrive early to get a good spot! 

Taste the local cuisine

For food and drink enthusiasts, the 'Me auld Flower' festival is a must-attend event during St. Patrick's Day. This brand-new food and drink festival celebrates the best of Irish cuisine and features local artisan producers, chefs, and brewers including The Wooded Pig and The Village Butcher, to name a few. With live music and entertainment, it's the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon. 

If you're in search of a hearty meal, look no further. Head to The Gravediggers (also known as Kavanagh's), a classic old-school Dublin pub that serves up traditional Irish pub food, including the famous coddle, a stew made with bacon, sausages and potatoes. 

Try the local breweries and distilleries

No trip to Dublin is complete without a visit to a traditional Irish pub. During St. Patrick's Day, the city comes alive with traditional Irish music and dancing, and there's no better way to experience it than in a local pub such as world famous The Stag’s Head or O’ Donoghues. Grab a pint of Guinness and join in the fun! 

For whiskey lovers, Dublin is home to some of the best Irish whiskey distilleries in the world. Take a tour of Row & Co or Teelings and learn about the history of Irish whiskey while sampling some of the best whiskies in the world. 

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Enjoy a scenic stroll

Finally, take a nighttime walk around the city and see all the buildings lit up in green. It's a magical experience and a great way to end your St. Patrick's Day celebrations. 

Our on-the-ground team in Dublin hopes you have enjoyed their recommendations for the best way to spend St. Patrick's Day in the city they call home.

How to Prepare for a Temporary Relocation for Work

You’ve probably heard of the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting, but as it turns out, there’s no book called What to Expect When You’re Temporarily Relocating for Work. But fear not, because you don’t need a book to help prepare yourself for a temporary relocation for work.

Chances are your employer is accommodating the move by providing you with temporary housing and other relocation assistance. That said, there are a few things you should know and do to get ready for the big (but temporary) move. Here are our tips on how to prepare for a temporary relocation for work.

Secure the best relocation package for your needs

When employers relocate employees – whether it’s for a brand new job, or a long-term assignment – they will typically provide a relocation package to the employee. A relocation package lays out all the ways in which the employer will be supporting the move, such as providing temporary housing and covering moving-related expenses.

Some employers work with an intermediary, such as a relocation management company or a corporate travel manager, who handles the relocation. Whoever facilitates the move, it’s important for you, as the beneficiary of these services, to understand your relocation package and ensure it meets your needs. Make sure you’re happy with things like the housing you’ll be living in, where it’s located, transportation considerations, logistics, etc. Relocation packages are negotiable, so make them create an offer you can’t refuse!

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Get to know your temporary housing

When it comes to accommodations during a short-term relocation for work, a hotel just won’t cut it. If your employer is smart, they’ll place you in temporary furnished housing. This type of housing is ideal for relocations, as it’s short-term and not permanent, but much more suited for an extended stay than a hotel room. It’s fully furnished and equipped with everything you need to live comfortably and stay productive. Temporary housing also has a degree of standardization and quality control, so you can have a good sense of what to expect.

At the same time, it’s a good idea to learn as much as you can about your short-term housing before the move. Find out exactly what’s included – for instance, will it have everything you need to work from home? To cook your favorite meals? Can you bring your pet along? Find out also where the house or apartment is located, what’s nearby, if the building offers amenities, the parking situation, etc. The more you can get to know your temporary housing ahead of time, the more you can prepare for a comfortable stay.

Tie up loose ends at home

If your relocation isn’t permanent, you’ll need to put some things in your regular life at home on pause for while you’re away. A good place to start is by taking a look at your routines and monthly expenses. Are there things you need to pause, cancel, or transfer to your new city? This may include:

In today’s telecommuting world, you’d be amazed by what you can still take care of while away from home. For example, if you usually visit your doctor in person, see if they offer telehealth appointments. Of course, you may also want to have a friend, family member, or housesitter check in on your home, keeping it safe and sound – and watering your precious plants, of course.

Learn about your new city and make connections

One of the best parts of a temporary relocation for work is getting to experience a new city. Even if you’ve been there before, you get to live there like a local for an extended period of time. Rather than simply showing up and hoping for the best, learn about the locale and all it has to offer. You’ll want to make some connections, too, as relocating for work can be a lonely, isolating experience.

Research the neighborhood you’ll be living in, and maybe even join its Nextdoor community. See if the city or neighborhood has a subreddit or Facebook Group. Find out if any of your colleagues will also be relocating to the same city, and ask your network if they know anyone who lives there. Make a list of things to see and do during your time there. This will not only help you prepare for your temporary move, but get you excited about it too!

Relocating temporarily for work is a rewarding experience, but it also comes with its challenges. By understanding the terms of your relocation and your housing, taking care of things at home, and learning about your new location, you can make the transition smoother and more enjoyable. Temporary furnished housing is a vital part of the short-term relocation journey, and Synergy Global Housing is ready to serve your needs in the world’s most desirable locations and provide a new sense of home.

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