Magazine article Personnel Journal

Learn 7 Ways HR Can Facilitate the Move

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Learn 7 Ways HR Can Facilitate the Move

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1. Encourage families to spend a lot of time on pretransfer preparation of their children. If the parents choose the international school without the children, have them take videos and photographs of the school. Obtain school literature. Have them get the sports calendar. Load the kids with this information. They desperately want it.

2. Try to connect families who have been in the location with new ones relocating. If kids can talk with others who have been there they can ask questions, such as "What do the kids wear?" "What do they talk about?" "Do they have a prom, a debate team, a football coach?" Don't underestimate the value of these simple connections.

3. Involve the children in the planning phase. This will be even more helpful for older children who may not want to go in the first place. Cross-cultural counseling for children pays big dividends.

4. Provide families with computers and access to e-mail and the Internet so they can stay in touch with their families and friends. …

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