According to Evers, there are five useful signs to spot when assessing whether an assignee will be genuinely enthusiastic about the prospect of relocating to a new country:
Single people relocate alone – without the support of a partner in their new location. They will be starting a new personal life on their own. This means they may take longer to settle into their new role and country.
2. Early Family Involvement
The earlier an assignee involves their spouse and family in reviewing information and asking for details, the more successful the relocation is likely to be. Any progress along the acceptance route without the clear involvement of the employee’s spouse signposts problems ahead.
Relocations that involve older children are very difficult. Evers states that: “Even more than a reluctant spouse, teenage children have tremendous influence in this process. Almost without exception, our successful relocation experiences have involved candidates with young kids or no kids.”
4. Resume Clues
Looking at potential assignees’ work history, those who have already worked or lived overseas are most likely to settle quickly in an international relocation.
It is often assumed that, when recruiting externally, someone who is currently unemployed will be more open to the idea of moving abroad. Evers explains: “It’s a bad assumption, and this is actually the most common cold feet scenario. Currently employed candidates tend to do a good job of thinking through the location before investing time and effort in an interview process. Conversely, and understandably, unemployed candidates seize interview opportunities and always show great enthusiasm early. The relocation reality check tends to hit them later in the process.”
BTR International has been helping assignees to relocate to new countries for over 30 years. “As well as helping with the physical move, we help assignees and their families to fit into their new surroundings and integrate into to the local culture,” says Louise Chilcott, Global Move and Relocation Specialist from BTR International.
She adds: “This aspect can make or break the success of an international relocation. Spotting potential problems and discussing them as soon as possible can stop them from escalating further along the relocation process, causing problems for the individuals and organisation involved.”