When an employee chooses to accept an expat assignment, perhaps the greatest impact is on their family. Moving your family from their home country to live and work abroad can be difficult, with family difficulties often cited as a major cause of returning home early.
• Tips from other expat families within your organisation
• Choosing schools for children
• Practical information on living in their new environment
• Career opportunities
• Managing culture shock
• Social opportunities and how to make new friends
Try to include lots of opportunity for families to ask questions or share concerns throughout the process.
One of the most difficult things about moving to a new country is not understanding how logistics you take for granted in your own country work. For example:
• What utilities do you have to pay for?
• Who are the best providers?
• How are bills paid?
Although you may be able to provide them with some basic information before they leave, it is most beneficial if an expat can be connected with someone in their new home. They will be in the best position to answer any queries they have.
Finally, even with the best preparation and training, moving from one country or continent to another is going to represent a significant upheaval in the lives of an expat family. If your offers an , see if it extends to spouses and dependants too.
Although moving abroad can be a new and exciting prospect for a family, it may have challenges. As an international HR manager, help your employees and their families make the most of their time abroad and help reduce expat failure costs to your business.