Many assignees look forward to global relocation with a blend of excitement and trepidation. It’s a realistic mix of emotions.
The good news is action can be taken to allay concerns – much of which should be led by the Human Resources team.
Top five concerns about relocating abroad:
1. I can’t speak the language
This is a common concern affecting both work and home life in assignees’ new roles abroad. The good news is that support is available to learn the language
… before and during your move! ‘Living the language’ is often the best way to learn!
2. What about my partner/family?
An international relocation is a big step – and an amazing opportunity for assignees and their families
alike. With the right preparation and support before and during the move, everyone involved can embrace the new experiences and benefits available from a global assignment.
3. I don’t know anyone there
With the right orientation
support, a new lifestyle can be empowering and refreshing. Elite Daily explains that going to a city where you don’t know anyone creates “an overwhelming sense of freedom“.
4. How will I move my possessions to my new home?
We understand that it’s unsettling to have your home ‘wrapped and packed’. The right relocation partner will ensure that assignees’ possessions are moved
with care and attention. Some people choose a storage option – especially if initially living in temporary accommodation whilst looking for their new home.
5. When will I see my family and friends?
The reality is that many assignees have this concern. This worry is often linked to not knowing anyone/many people in a new location. Relocation policies
should start to address this worry, providing a support network of contacts, from schools to restaurants, transport to property services. Trips home should also be considered when creating the global assignment package.
“Often, it’s the ‘not knowing’ that worries assignees,” explains Kevin Wieczorek, Sales & Marketing Director of BTR International. “By working with a relocation partner who understands the concerns involved, relevant and helpful support can be provided throughout the process.”
To talk about how BTR International can support your global relocation programme, contact Kevin via
or call +44 (0) 1582 495 495.