Global relocations present unique challenges that your HR team, and your employees, do not encounter during a domestic relocation. When you help your employees assimilate to the new culture in the weeks prior to, and during, a global relocation, you will ensure a faster return to full productivity in the office, greater productivity in the long run and increased employee retention. What can you do to help make a global relocation as smooth as a move within the States?
How Can You Help Your Transferees Assimilate to the New Culture?
- Multiple Trips Abroad:
Help your employees (and their families) connect with local networking organizations, sports clubs and the like, made up of both locals and expatriates. Find similarities to home, while also helping employees and their families embrace the new culture prior to their global relocation.
- Foreign Language & Cross-Cultural Training:
Providing lessons on the local language and cross-cultural training will not only help your transferees acclimate more quickly and become more productive in the office, it can also make them happier following the move, which improves retention.
- Educate Your Employees on Laws Affecting Expatriates:
Health care laws that recently went into effect may help reduce costs for employees living and working abroad. Let employees know about other positive changes and benefits they may experience as a result of their global relocation, too.
- Assist with Paperwork:
Help your transferee navigate the confusing maze of paperwork that comes with a global relocation, including obtaining visas and registering children in their new school.
A global relocation is more complex than a domestic transfer, but by providing tools to assist your employees and their families adjust to the new culture, you can help ensure a successful relocation and faster return to productivity for your transferee.