Meeting the challenges of relocating your team overseas

iStock_000010361595_Medium (2)Sending employees overseas can be a great opportunity for both your employees and the business: employees get to experience a fresh start in a new country with expanded professional horizons, while the employer stands to grow their business in new international markets.

As an employer, there are a number of things you will need to consider when sending employees abroad:

Employee preparation

For long-term or permanent relocations, encourage your chosen employees to visit the country for pleasure before making the moving for work; this can be a great way for them to get familiar with the country, culture and everyday situations.

Make sure permanent travel plans are only made once everything in the employee’s old life is sorted and in place.

In order to get the best results and outcome for the relocation, it is important that the person you choose is travelling light and ready to get fully involved in all aspects of your expanded business in their new country of residence.

Potential challenges overseas

Unfamiliarity with the local legal processes and requirements is often a sticking point for anyone acclimatising to living in a different country. There may be certain rules regarding registration, obtaining an ID card, registering a vehicle, etc, that are doubled in confusion if you have to communicate in another language too. Providing additional assistance and expert advice on the ground will help staff settle in without any dramas.

Living miles away from familiar faces can cause feelings of isolation, so it’s important to ensure settlement includes all aspects of normal life. Integration into the community takes a little time and effort; employees may need advice and assistance in establishing  a social support network.

One of the hardest things to come to terms with when relocating is missing family and friends back home; but you can help employees by arranging low-cost travel options and encouraging them to download low-cost or free communication applications to their devices, such as Skype or WhatsApp.

If you are considering relocating some of your team overseas, Pickfords can help. We offer a range of international services for those looking to relocate overseas.

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