Going on an international assignment should be a positive experience for the employee and the family. But families are sometimes hesitant. Three out of four employees turn down an assignment and state ‘family issues’ as the main reason.
As companies become more international, Global Mobility functions grow. Issues dealt with here are mostly related to compliance (tax, immigration, social security, benefits etc).Taking care of these important compliance issues are however often not enough to help families preparing to move abroad.
For the family to say yes to an assignment they need the reassurance that the new life abroad will be good for the entire family. This kind of support early in the decision phase is almost impossible for an organisation to offer.
Before making the decision, the spouse or partner can find and contact other spouses and partners at the new location and get advice and information on housing, schools, leisure activities, job opportunities, health and safety issues and the many questions which are important for the individual family.
It is possible for spouses to search for other spouses by nationality, interests, families with children and much more, and thereby find possible friends and network at the new location.
Families will also be able to access country guides and other information uploaded by your company.
One subscription to Meet2Talk covers all spouses and all employees within your company. This means that important early support in the decision phase can be offered to all families of potential assignees with no added cost.