Moving to another country is one of the most gratifying and challenging experiences in life. It’s vital for a business considering employee relocation to think about a prospective mover’s well-being in their new home. Using global mobility services can help make a temporary or permanent assignment a rich and positive experience. Our environment has an impact on our well-being, which in turn shapes our engagement and productivity levels. You will improve your employee’s quality of life and receive improved work quality in return. Let’s work together to create your customized relocation program!
Why Do I Need Global Mobility Services? Your Relocation Program:
Relocation occurs for a variety of reasons. Your company might be expanding globally and assigning workers to the new site. You might have a long-term international client who asks you to send a full-time representative to their headquarters. Or a reversal: you might want to hire a worker from another country and sponsor them work at your office. The legal procedures for securing a visa and paying expenses are only one part of the equation.
We live in an increasingly mobile, multicultural, and multilingual world. Most people don’t realize how different buying food, taking subways, or finding doctors can be in a new environment.
Remember: it’s the tiniest details that will disrupt the whole employee-relocation process. Hiring an expert in global mobility ease the transition of moving to another country. We attend to these often-overlooked aspects to make relocation simple and straightforward. Take a look at Global Arena’s offerings for a list of subjects that you and your employee ought to consider. By hiring trusted professionals with customized services, you can rest assured that you won’t miss anything.
Language versus Culture
One of the more obvious aspects of your relocation program is language training for your assignee. Before they leave, providing classes in the language of the country to which they will be relocating is invaluable. A language services provider can also offer lessons to spouses or other family members. Maintaining the family unit and educating as a whole is a vital part of a successful relocation. Language teachers also offer more than grammar and vocabulary: they offer communication and social facilitation. Being able to speak the language opens the door to friendships and experiences that would otherwise be out of reach.
Learning about a new culture is exciting! There are so many things to do and see and absorb. A relocation team uses native cultural specialists to expand understanding of different practices and opportunities in the new country. Global Arena works with your employee’s family to find a specialist who will fit their individual needs. Making sure both the language and cultural needs are met is an integral part of family relocation. The cultural specialist will help the family adjust to the idea of living in a new place. They’ll introduce local foods, locations, arts, and typical routines native to the new country.
With your cultural specialist and language teachers on hand, the pre-move process begins. Preparation creates excitement during that which could otherwise be a daunting experience. Learning about cultural practices and finding points of interest keeps the family engaged with each other and the process. This keeps morale high and helps your employee worry less about what’s happening at home. They’ll be able to focus on the tasks at hand with a clear head.
The importance of acculturation cannot be overstated, especially in the long-term context of relocating an employee. A well-created relocation program will help them understand and master new ways of interacting with the world. How will they handle a business dinner at a fine restaurant, a parent-teacher conference, a traffic stop? Each of these requires cultural knowledge and a specific set of communication practices. That’s complicated enough in your native language! A grasp of vocabulary and grammar isn’t enough; relocated employees need context and pragmatics.
The global mobility experts you enlist for your relocation program can help assignees internalize this knowledge. We combine cultural lessons with language learning for the best fit. Our experts also outline information about body language, customs, and social roles. The list of possibilities is endless! Ultimately, you want your employee to not only feel confident in the office, but also in their personal life. A socially and emotionally healthy employee reflects well on your company both at home and abroad.
Our relocation program services combine all of our resources: from language training to emergency interpreting and translation. Language service providers are also capable of translating birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and other documents necessary for relocation. Even with all the language training possible, a qualified interpreter is still invaluable in formal situations. Be ready for the unexpected by having a provider you know and trust, prepared to help with anything that arises.
When Well-Rounded Employees Come Home
In most cases, your assignee will eventually repatriate, most likely with mixed relief, joy, and sadness. If they’ve been away for a long time, reverse culture shock feels jarring. Global Arena’s relocation programs emphasize that relocation training is just as necessary in both directions. These services also help employees feel valued and contribute to retention rates. After the effort you’ve invested in their assignment, it’s to everyone’s benefit to keep your employee happy and comfortable. Professionals who relocate and then return home with their expanded knowledge and world-view are valuable members of your team.
Think about the full trajectory of relocation before you begin: what is your final goal in assigning an employee abroad? Global mobility services providers can help you figure out the specifics as your company realizes the value. Practical skills are important and best supplemented by a multinational team with a range of experiences and views. Every move to another country is unique and leads to growth for your entire team. Working with a relocation program will help you achieve your company’s objectives in ways you’d never expect.
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