In today's global war for talent and as organizations increasingly look to mobilize talent from abroad, the expectation on employers to provide a high level of support to relocating employees and their families also intensifies. Fortunately, peer-to-peer support can play a significant role in helping global employees and their relocating spouses to adjust to their new life, and relieve some of the pressure on global mobility and HR teams in the process.
Theresa Häfner, Head of Business Solutions at InterNations and an expert in global talent mobility, suggests that employers should be turning their attention to peer-to-peer initiatives to ease the social integration of their global employees. She says: ''Through a localized and personalized approach, peer-to-peer support helps expats to integrate into the local culture, have authentic experiences, and escape a potential expat bubble''.
Häfner believes that peer-to-peer support can provide a win-win solution for expats and their employers: ''Instead of asking their global mobility or HR managers for help, global employees have a means to do it themselves, and access to all the information in a specific community. Considering that many companies try to reduce workload by outsourcing, the peer-to-peer approach can be a powerful solution and replace some of the typical relocation services — at a low cost''.
By meeting some of the crucial support needs required by employees and their families when moving abroad, peer-to-peer support can effectively take some of the weight off the shoulders of global mobility and HR teams. These far-reaching benefits may lead one to question — why are employers that hire internationally and that send employees abroad not utilizing peer-to-peer support to a greater extent?
Read the full In My Opinionarticle by Theresa Häfner, about how the dots connect between peer-to-peer support and global talent mobility.
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