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7 Things Employers Must Do to Support International Hires

HR Team Lead at InterNations, Christa Fellner, recently attended the Relocation Worldcafé event, hosted in Munich by HR software company, Personio, in collaboration with health insurance provider, Barmer. The event brought together HR professionals to discuss subjects related to recruiting and retaining international talent. As an expert in HR related topics, Christa moderated one of the roundtables, exploring the integration of international hires.

The group considered the different aspects needed to create an open and inclusive work culture to support the integration of expat employees. Here are some top tips and insights that HR professionals shared during the roundtable discussion:

7 Things Employers Must Do to Support International Hires

  1. Discuss the company culture and values during the recruitment process, to ensure a good fit between the employer and prospective employee
  2. Provide structured and guided onboarding to support the initial phase of relocation and settling into the new location
  3. Support the social integration of international hires, by organizing regular socializing opportunities outside of working hours and beyond the workplace
  4. Recognize the crucial role that spouses play in the happiness and productivity of international employees, and provide support to meet their needs
  5. Offer comprehensive intercultural training, to both their local and international hires, to facilitate cultural understanding within the workplace
  6. Establish English as the official company language, to prevent issues of isolation caused by a language barrier
  7. Provide flexible working arrangements, such as remote work opportunities, to enable international hires to visit family and friends in their home country

The event gave HR professionals a valuable opportunity to consider what is currently being done to welcome and support international hires, and what aspects of support can be improved to ensure that expat employees are happy and productive abroad.  

Barmer/Personio World Café Relocation Event

HR Team Lead at InterNations, Christa Fellner, moderating one of the Relocation Worldcafé roundtables, exploring the integration of international hires.

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