“For any employee, making a move to a foreign city can be an overwhelming experience without there being a great support framework in place.” -- Oakwood Worldwide® Managing Director, Asia Pacific Craig Ryan
Moving houses is a big task at any time, particularly with a family in tow. Follow these four simple steps to ease yourself into a new country and business culture.
To ensure a stress-free relocation, organisations often work with an experienced global housing provider to make the move as easy as possible. Global housing providers offer many benefits, including years of experience in local markets, a deep understanding of travelers’ needs and being able to secure the right accommodation for the employee. By working with an experienced serviced apartment provider that understands regional differences and provides onground support, employees can reach a comfort level and some familiarity more quickly, while continuing to be happy and more productive.
Join Local Expat Groups
For those relocating, having a strong support system “on the ground” when you arrive in your new host country is very important. Connect with the local expat communities and grow your network by joining groups and forums (both online and offline). Joining a social expat club also helps tremendously!
Provide Family Support
For employers, give employees peace of mind by helping their families acclimatise and getting them fully integrated into their new environment. Providing a comfortable environment and accomodation will help family members feel more secure in their new settings and in better control of the move. This will help to minimise any negative impact on the employee’s productivity and give him or her better focus at work.
Organisations also need to provide their employees with as much support as possible in their build up to a move. The easiest way to do this is by sharing experiences and tips on how to settle in comfortably and foster new friendships and connections in their latest host country.
Create an Internal Expat Forum
Encourage employees to record their tips and destination experiences, following an assignment. This will automatically create a strong internal support system at work, as many people have the same questions and concerns when it comes to moving countries and helping their families adjust better.
Attend Crosscultural Training
Ready to reassign? Whether moving within the region or to the other side of the world, a certain degree of culture shock is to be expected. Gain better insight on the local culture and language by researching and attending some form of crosscultural training before the big move.