How do companies choose the best employees for international relocations?


How do companies choose the best employees for international relocations?

Picking the right employees for international relocations is vital to your company. Manager of Client Services for the EMEA region Diane Fitz-Gibbon offers guidance on this topic.


Complete transcript: “Hello, I’m Diane Fitz-Gibbon Plus’s Client Services Manager for Europe, Middle East, and the Africa region.  Today I’m going to address the question, ‘How do companies select the best employees for relocations or assignments?’

Picking the right candidate based on their technical or management skills is one thing. There are, however, a number of other issues you may want to consider.  Is the employee adaptable?  How will they cope faced with doing business in a different culture? How will they adapt their communication and management style to match that of their new team members or colleagues in order to get the right outcome for the business?  If they have family, how will they cope when faced with a new environment?  Family concerns, and increasingly, the spouse or partner’s career, is the number one reason for an employee turning down an international assignment or requesting to end one early.

Also, it may be a good idea to make sure that you have done your due diligence regarding the country that you are planning to send them into.  Some good questions to ask are: Are any candidates as a result of their gender, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs at an increased risk of danger?  If they have a family, is this a safe location for them to accompany the employee?  If the children are of school age, are international schools available and if so, is there a waiting list?  How long is the immigration process?  Are additional requirements needed for certain nationalities?

If the assignment is to be a success for both the employee and the company, it is vital that all of these things are taken into consideration when selecting the best candidate for the job.  Thank you!”

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