One of the biggest problems when an employee is relocated to another country to work is whether their partner and family will enjoy their new home. In fact, this can often make the difference between the success or failure of the move.
The BBC recently highlighted this issue in the first in a series looking at the trials, tribulations and triumphs of moving abroad.
The Happiness of the Partner is Key
The position of the partner can often be very difficult when a couple or family moves abroad. Often there are strict restrictions on working due to visa regulations (although this differs from country to country), and sometimes they are left looking for work but not being able to find anything suitable.
This can lead to unhappiness and discontent, and when the partner is not happy, the employee who has been moved by their company is often not happy either.
Companies do not make decisions to move their staff abroad lightly. It can be very expensive when all of the benefits and expenses have been taken into account, and they are therefore keen for the period their employee spends abroad to be as successful as possible.
It’s therefore understandable why keeping the partners of their employees happy is one of the biggest issues a company now faces when moving staff abroad.
The BBC article highlighted how many large companies are now including spousal job assistance in relocation packages. They understand that the success of their own employee’s position is related to the success of the move for their partner and family, and they are now taking this into consideration.
But the most interesting thing that the article described was the fact that many travelling spouses are not waiting around to either stay in the home or look for jobs in the traditional sense.
Instead, they are taking matters into their own hands.
Many spouses are now looking into the opportunities of entrepreneurism and starting up their own businesses when they are abroad. This helps them to get around many of the restrictions imposed on them when they move abroad and can end up being very successful.
It is easy to see how this is becoming a popular option. There are many opportunities now available for people moving abroad, whatever their skills may be. Freelance opportunities are numerous, and the ubiquitousness of the web has meant that many people turn to online work when moving abroad because it is one of the simplest and most convenient ways to work.
This type of work comes with another benefit: if their partner’s job doesn’t work out and they end up moving back home, they can simply take their work with them.
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