Is your business expanding into new countries? Do you want some of your current employees to take positions in the new international office? International expansion is a big step for most growing companies. However, it can sometimes be a challenge to recruit new employees internationally, and it might be even more difficult to get your employees to transfer overseas. However, there are steps you can take to support them in the transfer. With the right amount of support and assistance from you, they may embrace the transfer and see it as an exciting opportunity. Here are three things you can do to encourage them to take the overseas position:
Offer a travel allowance. Obviously, for many employees, one of the biggest points of resistance against moving overseas is that they'll miss their family and friends back home. There's no doubt that being away from family and friends is difficult. However, you can make it easier by giving them plenty of opportunity to come back and visit. Allow them to add a certain amount of personal travel expenses into their business expense budget. Or let them use company travel reward points to book flights back home. You can also offer to pay for their family to come out and visit them a few times a year.
Get them a contact in the new country. Moving overseas is also hard because so much of it has be done online and over the phone. Your employee may not even get to check out their new home until they move there. Instead, work with a realtor or other contact in the new country to help them get settled. The contact should be fluent in both your employee's first language and the country's native language so they can act as interpreter. They should also help your employee find the right area of town to live in and navigate their way around the new city. Don't leave your employee hanging on their own to do this.
Handle the move for them. Packing for a move is always difficult. Packing for an international move is even more difficult because everything has to go on either a boat or a plane. There also may be customs rules that items must meet before being admitted into the country. Don't leave this up to your employee to handle. Use an international relocation firm to handle the move for them. They can pack up items in a way that make them conducive to boat or plane travel. They can also arrange transport, handle customs documentation, and even arrange for storage for the items that won't be going overseas.
For more information, contact an international relocation company like Hollander Storage & Moving. They can help you design a relocation package for your employees.