employees like to enjoy living it up at the company’s expense. First class
flights, fine hotels, great restaurants etc. whilst looking for their more
permanent new home. No problem if the company is willing to pay, but needs
tactful handling if the company is not so willing. The Relocation
sort out this very difficult area, before it becomes a problem.
Your transferee may
be coming from overseas and may not speak German. Not a problem usually within
the office environment, but this may be a huge culture shock for the transferee
and his family after arrival when he/she may feel not only deaf, but dumb as
well. Explaining cultural differences beforehand may diffuse problems and
Many transferees do
not mentally convert their currency from dollars to euros for example, but
prefer instead to compare the buying power in Germany to their homeland. For
example when looking at automobile purchase and running costs, or grocery, or
insurance costs; different taxation rates, or other benefits may need to be
explained to get a more accurate comparison.
Your transferee may have a spouse who enjoys her
own career. He/she may require information and help in career continuance, or
language classes or indeed a host of other details. The Relocation Consultant
knows how important family home life is to the work performance of the
transferee and how family problems can escalate if they are not dealt with
properly. There may be an initial period when the transferee is separated from
his family. Keeping up a good dialogue with his/her spouse and family, will help
to stop small concerns from growing into unsolvable problems.