Working abroad can be exciting and rewarding, but it also comes with unique challenges. As a global mobility manager, you can help set up your international assignees for success by choosing the right candidates for the right jobs, but you should also make sure they have the support they need after they’ve relocated. After all, getting them there is only half the battle – so what’s the other half?
We’ve talked before about some of the pitfalls you need to avoid when relocating employees overseas. There are a number of things you can do both ahead of and following the big move to ensure success. One more simple thing you can do? Help them find a supportive group of people who understand their challenges and have solved the same problems they face – it’s as easy as sending them the link to this post!
Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most helpful and thriving online expatriate communities. Your employees will find answers to their many questions here, and they may even make some new local friends in the process. Just click each title to visit the site!
“The challenges of moving, settling in and making a new life in a new place can be difficult, we aim to help make this easier. Whether you're an exchange student, professional or pensioner - our information, resources and services will help you settle abroad.”
“Our aim was simple: to create a site which would provide people already living or contemplating moving abroad with information on important issues like finance and law, compiled by our team, experts or the listeners themselves.”
“We believe that there are two types of information which expats find most useful, namely: 1. Impartial information about intended destinations. 2. Opinions and advice from expats with relevant first hand experience. We also believe that of equal importance to expats is the ability to make friends and establish some form of support network in their new home country.”
“A place where international people like you meet, connect, and exchange information. A welcoming community of open-minded individuals who share your experiences. A secure space full of useful advice from fellow expats and knowledgeable locals. A world of opportunities to network and find friends who will explore your new surroundings with you - wherever you are in the world.”
All of these sites can provide a broad range of helpful resources to your internationally relocating employees. There are also plenty of location- and interest-specific websites, such as:
"ShanghaiMamas.org is a non-profit community website intended to give information and support to international families living in Shanghai...[We are] a diverse online community of international families living in Shanghai, China...Our discussions concern the real world of family life in Shanghai and we are primarily here for support, encouragement, helpful information, and community."
"glocals.com is a community of friendly expats & international minded locals, and we're about doing Real Activities with Real People. We're in Geneva, Zurich, Lausanne, Basel, & Bern, in English."
There’s something for everyone! As you can see, these sites offer everything from community forums to country-specific guides to advice on a variety of issues. So if you’re concerned that your assignees may need a little extra support or another outlet for their questions, point them to these (and the many other!) sites that exist for just that purpose.
Bonus for Lexicon clients: we provide access to Living Abroad, which is the top provider of detailed, relevant, easy-to-read information designed specifically for global assignees and business travelers!