How to Achieve a Stressless Relocation Process
Your new employee is exited to start their job at your company. But first they have to move – perhaps halfway around the world. How do you help your new employee get through their relocation process stress-free? There are many things your company can do for them. Read more about the steps you can take in this blog.
Get Started ASAP
What people need most when they’re moving to completely unknown circumstances, is a sense of security. A feeling that things have been or will be taken care of. So, as their employer, you want to take care of them. The first and most important step is to get started on requesting the right permits as soon as you can – you don’t want a delay, and you definitely don’t want your new employee stressing about whether their partner or kids will be able to join them later.
Communication Style Matters
How you communicate is at least as important as actually taking care of the permit process. Tips from our immigration expert: Be clear and concise and declare your expectations with regard to reaction times – you will potentially need your employee to send over lots of documents. However, do not overwhelm your employee by giving them too much information at once. Talk them through the process of getting permits, moving and starting work in general, and give them the necessary details when relevant.
First Needs First
What are the first things people need when moving internationally? Indeed, a home. Plus a local bank account, their social security number (BSN), a healthcare insurance, a local phone plan and many other services. In the Netherlands, you need the BSN (Personal Service Number) in order to get a healthcare insurance and to get that much needed BSN, you need to register first at the municipality (‘gemeente’). Then there’s schools to select and arrange for the children and many other highly practical things to learn about, like how to use public transportation, how to obtain and use a public transportation card; how to go about buying a car or, more likely in the Netherlands, a bike.