Written by Caroline Walmsley
Global Head of HR, AXA - Global Healthcare.
Living abroad can come with a mixed bag of emotions. In this article, Global Head of HR, Caroline Walmsley advises how other HR departments can support their overseas colleagues, increasing the likelihood of successful assignments.
It’s exciting, full of adventure and new discoveries. But it’s important to recognise that living in another country can also be a nerve-wracking experience. There are challenges to overcome and, in some cases, fears to be faced. Some may just be apprehension, but others may take your team a little more time and resilience to deal with.
So for Global Mobility Managers or HR departments managing employees internationally, it’s vital they understand the details of what employees working abroad may be facing.
There are, of course, challenges that are country-specific, such as coping with extreme temperatures, which whilst can be prepared for, ultimately are up to your employees to adapt to. But there are others that are much more common, and which you should make yourself aware of before a member of your team heads off on an international assignment.