International employee relocation can be a challenging process, for both the employee and the company involved. The advent of globalisation has enabled companies to span international boundaries, project reach and immerse in new cultures. Human resources play an integral part in any company relocation, especially when it comes to moving them internationally. Doing so requires the correct planning and processes, which is why we’ve put together our top tips for international employee relocation.
Why move employees abroad?
There are several reasons why companies may choose to transfer employees overseas. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Increased markets
- Local integration
- Knowledge transfer
- Global reputation
Things to consider
Before you move an employee, there are a number of factors to consider beforehand.
Their well-being – Wellbeing is so much more than just physical. Expatriates on international placements can often be placed at higher risk of mental health complications, due to the common effects of isolation. Consider if the employee in question can handle the daunting prospect of moving overseas first.
The practicalities – You then need to think about the practicalities. Your employee will need somewhere to reside. If they have children in tow, local schools and colleges will need to be assessed in the host country. Provide your employee with the necessary details they need about the neighbourhood, schools, lifestyle and accommodation to simplify the moving process and reassure them.
The admin and paperwork – As with national moves, international relocation can come with a range of implications. You will need to ensure that your employee has the necessary paperwork, be aware of the costs, and have the right visa, for example. Find out more about Visa and Immigration.
At Gerson, we provide complete Corporate Solutions to manage your employee relocation – from start to finish. Our Programme Management service delivers an accessible and responsive service for you and your employees to take the pressure off the move. Discover more here.
Top tips for international employee relocation
Preparing your employees for an international relocation is complex. Either you, your HR department or your chosen service provider will need to follow the necessary steps. This may include:
- Running interviews – An adaptable employee may be able to adjust to new surroundings easier. Could this employee fit their lifestyle with a new culture? Does this employee have young children? Young, single employees can often suit changes the best.
- Offer training – This training should be an introduction to corporate customs in the destination. What should the employee know about local laws and security specifics?
- Offer a good healthcare package – Healthcare systems differ so much across the globe. Having a good quality healthcare package in place for your employees is a great pull factor, and will provide families with peace of mind that they will be looked after.
- Talk – Talk to the employee in question. What is their domestic situation? Could it be difficult for them to settle?
- Allow plenty of time – The key to a successful international employee relocation is allowing time. Encourage your employees to join support groups and local forums. This will give them time to build new friendships with expats in the new country.
If you really want to streamline the international employee relocation process, we would suggest moving forward with a Relocation Service Provider such as Gerson. We can handle your relocation from start to finish, ensuring we provide everything your employee needs for a smooth move. Get in touch with a member of our team today or get a quote using our online form.
Want to learn more about international employee relocation? Check out our blog on Making Life Easier for Expats.