With the uncertainty surrounding Britain’s imminent exit from the European Union (EU), global employees within the United Kingdom (UK) may have a heightened need for social support and sense of community cohesion.
Apart from the insecurity regarding their personal and professional futures following Brexit, foreign assignees and international hires working in the UK might also lack a robust network of friends and family who they can turn to for support.
‘’Most global mobility and HR managers have a strategy in place to manage the repercussions of a no-deal Brexit. Yet there is a sense that global employees require more handholding than normal, that they need more personalized and emotional support”, says Theresa Haefner, Head of Business Solutions at InterNations.
As disruptive geopolitical events continue to increase in frequency, global mobility and HR professionals are faced with the challenge of managing the logistical, legal, and organizational consequences, while also providing the critical support to their global employees who are directly impacted by these events.
How To Support Global Employees in the UK
Providing personalized information and a sense of social connection are important for ensuring global employees feel supported during times of geopolitical unrest, and that they continue to have a positive employee experience. However, delivering such comprehensive support without overextending resources can be difficult.
What Employers Can Consider
How to leverage peer-to-peer support within an expat community to meet the heightened needs of global employees, and take the weight off global mobility teams in the process.
“A cooperation between an employer and an expat community is a new and flexible approach to improving the wellbeing and stability of a company’s global employees”, says Häfner. “The peer-to-peer community provides value in all stages of the relocation, but even more so when companies want to protect their employees from the pressures of a geopolitical event.”