Many multinationals operate from various locations around the globe, which means that a substantial portion of their employees can be given an international assignment during almost any point in their career. This is often the case within specific lines of business such as the Technology, finance, oil/gas sector and media-related jobs, although there are many more examples of organizations sending people overseas.
During this period, the employees as well as their families are subject to a wide array of changes. This transitional phase can result in unforeseen scenarios such as difficulty coping with the changes and adapting to the new environment, as well as feelings of alienation and loneliness to name but a few. Especially in countries where the natives speak a new language, as this can prevent the employee and family from blending in.
In order to help your employees flourish in their new environments, there are certain actions that you can take to make their experience a positive one.
The risks that come with radical changes of environment
Assignments overseas can be life-changing for both the employer as well as the employee. People generally feel good when they feel safe and comfortable in their current environment. As long as their environment and job feel fulfilling, employees feel a sense of engagement, they feel valued and thus can be considered productive.
But when a certain situation becomes stressful, this quickly changes. The employee can show signs of difficulties, like depression, anxiety and burn-out.
In the end this often leads to a premature termination of the overseas contract, leaving the employer with some severe financial consequences. The job hasn’t been finished and there might also be a realistic chance, that the employee won’t be able to resume his daily activities any time soon.
All in all, the inability to adapt to the change process is generally overcome quite quickly when an employer has access to the right tools to aid the employee during the transition.
How can you make the transition easier for your employees?
The answer to this question is very simple: make sure they have access to a support system, something that is aimed specifically at ways to cope with transitions. Change is never bad in itself, it is our perception of change that colors the way we actually experience it. But changing surroundings can oftentimes get the best of (the best of) us.
At Generation M-obility, we offer an innovative and completely new way of dealing with the changes that come with moving abroad. We provide international companies with the opportunity to add a crucial component to their global mobility strategy: a way to continually monitor and adjust the sense of well-being of their employees and their families, wherever and whenever. Our strategy involves a method that helps employees become aware of the changes that are happening within, by aiding them in their process of self-actualization.
We offer a way to make it easier for them by advance technologies and countless years of human experience, all rolled into one state-of-the-art solution. Via a personal buddy, your employees and their family members have a constant source of information and help directly at hand that re-directs them immediately when necessary. The main goal is to make the transition process as comfortable and seamless as possible, allowing your employees to fall back on a stable and reliable source of problem-solving. Offering them practical and easy solutions on a daily basis.
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