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How to Deal with Culture Shock When Relocating Employees Internationally

When it comes to international relocations, you’re not just moving boxes; you’re moving lives. Relocate MENA and Relo-Global pride themselves on offering comprehensive support services beyond logistics. One of the most underestimated aspects of international relocation is the impact of culture shock, a phenomenon that can affect the well-being and productivity of your employees. In this blog, we aim to provide some insight into what culture shock is and how to deal with it effectively.

What is Culture Shock?

Understanding that culture shock typically occurs in phases can help you prepare for and manage it. These phases are:

PHASE ONE – The Honeymoon Phase: Initial excitement and fascination with the new environment.

PHASE TWO – The Negotiation Phase: Reality sets in, differences become apparent, and irritation or frustration may occur.

PHASE THREE – The Adjustment Phase: Slow acclimatization to the new culture, routines start forming.

FINAL PHASE – The Mastery Phase: Full adaptation to the new culture, a sense of belonging emerges.

Tips for Employers

Pre-departure Training

Before the move, provide employees with cultural awareness training that offers insights into the new country’s social norms, customs, and etiquette. Include language training if applicable.

Buddy System

Pair newly relocated employees with colleagues who have already adjusted to the new environment. This buddy can offer invaluable advice and emotional support.

Regular Check-ins

Regularly scheduled check-ins can provide employees an opportunity to discuss any challenges they may be facing and allow you to offer timely support.

Tips for Employees

Keep an Open Mind

The quickest way to combat culture shock is by approaching the new environment with an open and adaptable mindset.

Build a Support Network

Having a reliable support network can ease feelings of isolation. This can be as simple as finding a local community group or keeping in regular contact with loved ones back home.

Get Involved

Participate in community events or activities within the company to foster a sense of belonging. This is also an excellent way to understand the nuances of the new culture.

Digital Tools to Help

Our team at Relocate MENA and Relo-Global has combined 40 years of industry experience with cutting-edge software development to create tools that make international relocations smoother. Our platforms allow you to easily arrange surveys of household goods, compare quotes, and build an ideal relocation package, all designed to ease the transition and minimize culture shock for your employees.

Final Thoughts

Dealing with culture shock is as much a part of international relocation as moving household items. By understanding its phases and providing pre-departure and ongoing support, you can ensure that your employees adapt and thrive in their new environment.

Feel free to reach out to our expert team for more personalized guidance on managing international relocations and mitigating culture shock. Contact us at [email protected] or on WhatsApp at 00971 55 887 8355.

Here’s to making every move a successful one!

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