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Moving with Children Internationally? Read on…

Moving internationally can be a unique opportunity for every member of a family. It can be financially rewarding for the working member of the family, could be a long-standing dream of the spouse to be able to live in a different country.  However, when children are involved, it’s wise to communicate early and often concerning the transition. With 61% of organizations reporting “families’ inability to adapt to the host location” as a primary reason for assignment failure (based on a report published by a leading global relocation company), this remains a critical issue to consider.

Moving International with Children - Read on

As a result, it is recommended that each family member’s feelings about the move be considered while taking up an international relocation assignment.

  • Organizations are encouraged to listen, be supportive of the mixed feelings and, if possible, include cross-cultural training programs for children. This will help to remind children that although they may miss their old friends, there is also a “world” of new friends to be met in the new location, and new relationships to be forged and explored.

 

  • The assignee’s attitude and enthusiasm will be important and will encourage children to feel that way, too. A happy family helps to promote a successful relocation assignment, always and this becomes even more important in a place like India, which is culturally so diverse.

 

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Relocating to India: Know What You are Getting Into!

India has grown significantly in the last 2 decades. The Unity in Diversity Country is at its bursting seams and as per government data the population is predicted to reach 1.4 billion in 2030, surpassing that of China. The sheer mass of people is a shock to most western expats as they have not experienced such population density back home.

Relocating to India: Know What You are Getting Into!

Housing in India

India is predominantly a landlord-driven market where demand exceeds supply. As a result, IOS consultants always advice that once an assignee finds a property they like, they act as quickly as possible, and have at least 2 back up options should the preferred property fall through during the negotiation phase. The lease negotiation and verification process is long and littered with many bends, a professional relocation company is your best bet to traverse this path.

Schooling

India is home to a number of well-acclaimed international schools, but it is essential to apply early, as places are limited and long waiting lists are common. Schools in India will only co-ordinate with parents and do not liaise with any third party, even if it’s a relative of the family.So your relocation partner can source information, and arrange tours. However, the application process is largely managed by the assignee.

Transportation

India is a developing nation; hence it is not uncommon to see disruptions to one’s routine due to a construction of a metro rail or a flyover. Traffic in most major cities in India moves slowly. Road traffic congestion is common due to the increasing number of vehicles on the road. In addition, lane discipline and pedestrians walking between vehicles add to recurring traffic jams and accidents. It is recommended that expatriates do not drive in India, as the traffic conditions may be highly unfamiliar to many. Most companies typically provide their assignees with a car and driver for the duration of the assignment.

Conducting Business in India

There are 18 official languages in India and more than 1,500 dialects, so approaching India as a single culture is a mistake that needs to be avoided to ensure your success in this important emerging market. India is more like the European Union, governed by a single central government. The number-one rule for working effectively in India is the importance of building relationships. Another key cultural factor when doing business is the importance of ‘high context’ communication. It is important to pay close attention to what is being said and also what is not being said;  reading between the lines and listening for hidden messages. Relationships drive business in India, so taking the time to invest in long-term business relationships is a win-win for everyone.

Moving to India anytime soon? Drop us a note on info@iosrelocations.com and we will be glad to answer any questions and provide with the correct assistance.

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When Expat Families go Belly Up!

Going belly is a condition in a company which has gone financially bust and cannot run its day to day operations. However, think of a situation where a family goes emotionally bust and cannot function?

This phenomenon sometimes occurs in families who have relocated because an adult member of the household has accepted a work assignment in a new country. Perhaps some (or all) of the family members are unsure about the move. The relocated employee may be struggling to find his or her way with new responsibilities among new co-workers in a new location and is so immersed in work challenges that the family’s distress goes unnoticed or unaddressed, as he or she is fighting a battle of his or her own, traversing the tight rope at work dealing with an alien culture. If one parent stays at home, she or he may feel all the stress of providing emotional support to family members and of taking the lead in such matters as handling schooling, shopping, attending to chores with strangers where language and culture can be as diverse as chalk and cheese.

These scenarios are all part of a family’s failure to adjust to and positively grow in new surroundings—according to a Global Relocation Management company’s survey, one of the top three reasons for assignment failure, is lack of the ability for the family to get well adjusted. How can this be avoided?

It is key to send the right people on each assignment (a very bold statement, and wish HR managers had crystal balls with them to gaze the future) , and to determine this well in advance. While technical skills are important to the success of an assignment, so is the family’s ability to adapt to new, unfamiliar situations.

Use of IOS Relocation’s cultural training program can help all parties to determine their suitability for the assignment.

A look see/preview trip  will allow the family to preview available homes, schools, and recreational options, while simultaneously learning about the people and culture in the destination location. And the entire family can prepare for culture shock if key tools such as cross-cultural and language training are offered to the entire family. Providing accurate, honest information up front will go a long way toward ensuring a productive—and thriving—assignee and family.

Should you need our assistance in ensuring that your family or your employees family does not go belly up then drop a note to us on info@iosrelocations.com and we will be glad to assist.

 

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AADHAAR : Impact on Foreigners in India on Employment & Dependent Visas

AADHAAR is a Hindi word meaning ‘foundation’ or ‘base’. AADHAAR is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. The purpose of the AADHAAR card is to serve as a proof of identity and address, anywhere in India. Any individual, irrespective of age and gender, who is a resident in India and satisfies the verification process laid down by the UIDAI can enrol for Aadhar. Each individual needs to enrol only once. Each Aadhar number will be unique to an individual and will remain valid for life. Aadhar number will help you provide access to services like banking, mobile phone connections and other Govt and Non-Govt services in due course.

 India Update AADHAAR Impact on Foreigners in India

The government recently stated that all foreign nationals would be required to apply for Aadhaar card if they are staying in India for more than 182 days and are required to pay domestic income tax. The government also announced that  bank accounts and mobile connections need to be linked to their AADHAAR cards, else their bank accounts could get frozen and the mobile connections could be disconnected. The deadline set by banks and mobile operators is 31st December 2017.

IOS can be of assistance right from the consultancy stage to assisting the expat services in procuring an AADHAAR card.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to IOS at info@iosrelocations.com  for any further questions, and it will be our pleasure to assist.

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Relocation Companies? Are they really Needed?

The world is a global village, where there are opportunities of interaction and growth round the block, in a different state or on a different continent all together.

Importance of Relocation Companies - Are they really Needed

Hence, you need your employees to be constantly ready to relocate for short term or for extended duration of times. Also, it is just not the employee, also their families. This brings in a host of challenges. It is an inconvenience for the employee and it usually results in a brief period of miscommunication and poor productivity while everything settles into place. If you want to minimize the problems involved in this kind of transfer, you might want to consider hiring a professional relocation company.

Below we will provide a list of valus which professional relocation companies bring to the table.

Exceptional Value for your employee, Actual as well as perceived

Unless you are a company making more money than you know what to do with, you are probably hesitant to spend money where you do not need to. Let the employee hire their own packing & moving, right? You have a point-person in place at the destination, what more do you need to offer? Plenty of companies take this approach to relocating an employee and it typically costs them heavily in the long run. Here is why. One, it brings down morale. This employee is tossing their life upside down for your company and you are giving very little in return. Two, it usually leads to confusion, which leads to a loss of productivity. You need your people settled and performing as soon as possible. With companies that provide corporate relocation management, you will boost morale, cut down on that lost productivity, and complete the transfer in a timely, efficient and professional manner.

Adaptation Assistance, at a lower cost than running your own show

If you are frequently sending your employees to work in other locations, you will need one of two things: an in-house department dedicated to these transfers or a good relocation management company who can work with you on each move. This is up to you, but you will almost surely save money by outsourcing the work. These companies are dedicated to performing this valuable service. Opening your own department puts you in the position of running a relocation service you know little about, drawing resources away from your primary focus. By signing on with a single professional company for all your relocation needs, you will have the equivalent of an in-house department, except for the fact that it will come complete with experience, industry resources and expertise.

Speed of execution, with little or no tactical baggage

Think about the last time you moved. Even if the actual move only took a day or so, the organizational time likely took weeks, if not months. Now imagine how much faster it would have happened if you had professional services helping you with every step. From home disposition services to getting you settled into your new job and moving your belongings, a good relocation service can handle it all. It lets your employees focus on the work they need to do to make your business the best it can be.

In conclusion, do you need one of these companies? It depends. If you are rolling in profits, have employees who would remain loyal even in the face of negligence, and you can afford to waste time getting new offices up and running, you may not. If you value your employees and want to make their relocation go as smoothly and quickly as possible, however, you cannot afford anything less.

For more information on how IOS Relocations can help you with your relocation needs, please visit www.iosrelocations.com or drop us an email on info@iosrelocations.com, we look forward to hearing from you.

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