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Global Relocations May Take L-o-n-g-e-r
Between labor shortages, transportation hurdles and low housing inventory, it is not surprising that some international relocations are taking more time to complete, whether the holdup is the shipment of household goods or delays in securing housing.
The good news is, some relocation providers have expanded their supplier networks in order to provide more resources and options. And as always, good communication is a must when it comes to managing expectations.
Destination Services Are a Must-Have
- These days, employees expect more from their employers. So, when employees accept international assignments, they do so with the expectation of acclimation support—aka, destination services.
Once considered a nice-to-have, destination services are now a prerequisite. These generally include:
• Cross-cultural training
• Language training
• Immigration assistance
• Personal orientations/guided tours
• Help navigating local neighborhoods, schools, transportation, etc.
• Spousal/partner assistance
• Settling-in services
• Repatriation services once the assignment is complete
This benefits employers, too. Because the more transitional support employees and their families receive, the more successful their global assignments are likely to be.
Employee Experience Trumps All
In the past, an employee’s decision to agree to a global relocation was often driven by financial compensation and/or the promise of career advancement.
But, not surprisingly, employee priorities have shifted since the pandemic. Now, employees often accept international assignments in order to broaden their life experience and/or enjoy a more harmonious work/life balance.
Case in point: in 2022, only 9% of Americans who moved abroad did so on behalf of an employer. Another 14% sought out new, foreign employers on their own. Still, others moved to a new country in pursuit of adventure or to enjoy a lower cost of living.
International relocation is rarely just about the job now—it’s about the life experience.
In summary, international relocations are a bit more complex and costly these days. But employers have excellent business reasons for sponsoring them in this global economy, and employees have equally compelling personal reasons for seizing these opportunities.
By providing a smooth relocation experience—despite these new but manageable challenges—employers ensure that employees start their new adventures off right, wherever they are bound.