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.
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.