Relocating employees overseas: meeting the challenges

Sending employees overseas can be a great opportunity both for them and your business as a whole. Assignees get to experience a fresh start in an exciting new environment and expand their professional horizons, while your company stands to grow your business across new international markets.

As the employer, once you’ve made the decision to send staff abroad, there are several things you can do to help your assignees prepare for their posting and integrate once they arrive:

Encourage pre-visits

For long-term or permanent relocations, encourage your assignees to visit their host country for pleasure before making the move for work. This is a great way to help them become familiar with their new surroundings and prevent culture shock.

Make sure they’re ready

Permanent travel plans should only be made once everything in the UK has been straightened out. As well as supporting assignees with the practicalities of moving abroad, make sure their colleagues are briefed on how the move will affect normal working patterns and responsibilities.

Ensure there are no surprises

Unfamiliarity with the local legal processes and requirements can be a major source of frustration for assignees. There may be certain rules regarding registering them or their vehicle, obtaining an ID card, etc, that are only more confusing if a language barrier gets in the way. Make sure the assignee is fully briefed before arrival, and has access to expert advice once in-country, to help them settle in without any avoidable drama.

Help assignees integrate

Living miles away from friends and family can cause feelings of isolation, so it’s important to ensure your assignees can quickly make connections in their host country. Provide your assignees with advice and assistance to help them integrate into their new community and establish a social support network.

…but give them a lifeline from back home

Even after an assignee has spent time assimilating into their new environment, the pull of home is likely to remain. Arranging periodic travel back to the UK and encourage them to use Skype or WhatsApp to keep in touch with friends and family.


If you’re looking to relocate employees Pickfords can help. Find out about our employee relocation service or request a call today.

Rio customs strike affecting clearance

Brazilian customs strikes are expected to impact goods clearance until the conclusion of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Customs clearance and delivery of household goods services will be affected within the city and ports of Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s remaining 26 states, including primary business centre Sao Paula, will not be affected.

Customs at the Rio airport and sea port are undergoing a partial strike over a wage dispute, currently working just two days per week. Customers emigrating to the capital can expect delayed customs clearance until well beyond the official end of the Olympics on Sunday 21 August.

Road traffic within Rio is also seeing significant challenges as athletes, delegations and country dignitaries arrive ahead of the Games. For security reasons, some road closures will not be announced in advance.

If you have concerns about customs clearance and emigration into Rio de Janerio, please contact your Move Manager or call 0800 019 8557.

Pickfords wins British Government removal contract for a second term

Pickfords is delighted to announce that on Monday 20th June 2016 it was officially confirmed as the appointed contractor to the British Government for overseas removal services. The contract will run concurrently with the existing contract held by Pickfords and commences on 1st September 2016.

The contract covers removal services for numerous British Government Departments who post staff overseas including the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development, British Council and many others.

The team at Pickfords is immensely proud that it has been awarded the contract for a second term and Steve Boyd, Pickfords Government Services Director commented, ‘This award is a reflection of the hard work of the Pickfords Government Services team, the quality of our tender submission and our promise to the British Government to continue to provide value for money at all times ensuring service quality is never compromised’.

Pickfords has already embarked on the implementation program with the British Government and will work with them in the coming weeks to ensure that we align our services with the dynamics of the new contract.

Planning an office makeover?

modern office interior

We often invest a lot of time (and large amounts of money!) decorating and redecorating our home, to get it looking and functioning just right. It is much less common, however, to put the same level of thought into our workspace. Considering that many of us spend upwards of 40 hours a week in the office, it is worth investing time to create a nice, relaxing and motivating space in which to work.

When you’re at the height of productivity and the work is flowing, it can be easy to keep your head down and forget everything else around you. However, on those days where things aren’t going quite so smoothly, your happiness, motivation and productivity could all be negatively affected by the unkempt office environment around you.

Perhaps your office just seems a bit run down, suffering under everyday wear and tear: worn out carpet, peeling wallpaper, dents in the walls. All of this can make your office feel dated and in need of a serious makeover. It could be that the company has undergone some hard times and needs to downsize to a smaller premises, or maybe the opposite is true and you are relocating to a bigger building. Whatever the reason, you will want to make sure that your office makeover goes as smoothly as possible.

The amount of preparation and assistance you will need when redecorating your office will depend on the size of your office and extent of the makeover. Whatever you need, Pickfords offers a range of business services to help you through your transition.

Whether you need help with reorganising your workplace, packing and moving your equipment, storage or recycling services for your excess furniture, or assistance with employee relocation, Pickfords can help. Visit our website to find out more.