Global mobility is such a thorough and complex process; it is most important to be handled carefully. Most relocating employees tend to hit the ground running in their assigned country, while finding somewhere to live, opening a bank account, accommodate their family (such as find local schools for their children) all while getting used to the challenges they are facing in their new role. Imagine being in this situation – relocated for work. You’re moving and starting a new job, all at the same time you’re in a foreign country, where you’re most probably unfamiliar with the local culture, language and customs.

There are 5 key steps that any relocating employee should take into consideration when being deployed:

  1. Relocation costs

Always keep in mind that there will appear unexpected relocation costs which will definitely make moving more expensive for everyone involved. A global mobility specialist can save you all the trouble and point you directly to the most efficient track possible. Moreover, we can get a few cost estimates covering different scenarios, just so you would not be faced with any unpleasant surprises on arrival.

  1. Relocation policy

One of the finest ways to keep an eye on relocation support is by creating and implementing a relocation policy which should reflect your company’s culture and strategic goals, as well as any financial constraints. Companies often tend to consider solely the relocation services available to the employees. However, it is most important that you think about how you company will manage soft support – such as employees’ salary and tax issues. Dealing with fees can appear to be problematic, especially with each country having a different policy and many forms to fill out, documents to draft and laws to take into account. This is where we come in. Instead of worrying about tax errors, all you need to do is to dedicate your attention on more important aspects of your business and let us handle the hassle.

  1. Immigration

The immigration process can definitely be the most challenging. Until your company, as well as your employee have immigration clearance, the whole project is on hold. Consult an expert who can guide you towards the steps that need to be taken and make sure you don’t spend unnecessary time on researching each country’s required documentation, processing costs and application timelines. The sooner you get your employee set up, the sooner they will be ready to start on their new role.

  1. Culture and Language

This is a tough one – a step which a lot of employers tend to overlook. Understanding the local culture is quite critical for your success in the newly assigned market. This is because it can easily affect the harmony and synergy in the workplace. Accidentally offending the locals can ruin your chances of securing a deal of gaining valuable contacts at a critical stage of entering a new market. Have a look at our International Relocation services and make sure you have a friendly encounter with your new destination. Also, get reading! Check out our blog for more details about each country’s business culture.

  1. Quality

Sometimes, it may seem more efficient to handle employee relocations in-house, but unfortunately in can definitely affect the quality of the deployment through issues such as: hidden costs, immigration documents issues, as well as a creating more hassles for the employee, whom is already under a lot of stress with such life changes.

While most companies’ HR departments provide a decent support to these employees, they’re often not locally based and sometimes not even in the same time zone – making all these processes even more stressful than they have to be. This is why, we advise to carefully proceed through all of the steps above with the support of a qualitative global mobility provider, in order for your business to thrive in the newly achieved market.

Driven by passion and shaped by years of experience in global mobility, we’re ready to take the leap with you. Even if that leap means you’re bringing in your first employee from abroad, or you’ve already been through this process countless times.

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