Being assigned abroad is both exciting and worrisome. What are some key elements to ensure a successful assignment?
Most international relocation failures are due to a lack of information. Expatriates as well as companies who transfer employees abroad need to do a little extra preparation to guarantee the highest rate of success. Here are some tips:
Gather as much information as you can about such things as climate, voltage differences, housing, schools, medical facilities, and transportation. Use the Internet (a great task for kids).
Take special language courses for transferees and family members relocating to a non-English speaking country so they can function on a daily basis as soon as they arrive. Continue with language training upon arrival.
Learn about the new countrys culture and seek out training on etiquette differences. For example, employees transferring to Japan should know the Japanese dont like to shake hands.
Find out what personal items are and are not allowed to be brought into the new country. For example, Christmas trees are forbidden in many Muslim countries.
- Spouse relocation
To help prevent a failed relocation because of an unhappy spouse, get special counseling on job opportunities.