When moving an employee internationally, there are many variables that affect a successful relocation. It’s important to follow these tips to make the move as stress-free as possible.
Each type of move has corporate relocation guidelines for how personal goods are handled, depending on the new location and the duration of the assignment. Be sure the employee has these guidelines and, more importantly, understands them. Suggest the employee explore the tax implications of the corporate relocation with a tax consultant.
Include the family in the process. When researching the destination, think about children, their ages, their interests and other factors that might make a location more enticing for each particular family.
It’s important to prepare the family for upcoming significant cultural differences, from different food and customs to expectations of polite behavior. Offer good reference material and suggest language training.
Our world seems smaller and more accessible with social media. Use it to learn about the destination, but also highlight how it can help the family stay in touch with friends and family during and after the relocation.
Upon return, employees need to know what’s changed, from technology to corporate policy updates to acquisitions and mergers. Counseling on available career paths can ease the transition to stateside.