A comprehensive orientation programme for expatriates will greatly increase their chances of success. Unfortunately, it is unlikely a one size fits all approach will work on this occasion as pre-departure training will need to consider the unique:
However, it may be useful to have some general guides to:
On every destination, you send expats to.
Many expats find having local support in their destination more beneficial than contact with HR or other colleagues in their base office. If you don’t have someone, consider outsourcing this role to a specialist who can help new expats settle. A local will understand ‘how things work’ and can assist with advice or practical help on a wide range of issues that can potentially confuse someone new to a country. Such as:
This can free up time and reduce stress for families who are making the journey over-seas.
Research shows psychological wellbeing while working as an expat is strongly linked to expatriate success. There are many things HR can do to help this process, including: