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Implemented Training and StrategiesCultural awareness is vital to the expatriate as well as their families. Customs and lifestyles should be a part of choice in the candidate and training. Companies should help assist with assimilation of the expat and their family members. A local guide familiar with local laws, customs and extra-curricular activities could be an added bonus. In addition, local realtors could be retained to assist with home search as well as provide temporary housing in the interim. Dealing with such challenges means that most employers have had to develop HR policies and procedures just for handling global assignments. From a practical point of view, one has to address issues such as: Candidate identification, assessment, and selection. In addition to the required technical and business skills, key traits to consider for global assignments include,for instance: cultural sensitivity, interpersonal skills, and flexibility.
TRAINING EXPATRIATES TO ADAPT CULTURALLY 18APPROPRIATE LEADERSHIP SKILLS / HUMAN RESOURCESCost projections. The average cost of sending an employee and family on an overseas assignment is reportedly between three and five times the employee’s pre-departure salary; as a result, quantifying total costs for a global assignment and deciding whether to use an expatriate or a local employee are essential in the budgeting process.Assignment letters. The assignee’s specific job requirements and associated pay will have to be documented and formally communicated in an assignment letter.Compensation, benefits, and tax programs. There are many ways in which to compensate employees who are transferred abroad, given the vast differences in living expenses around the world.Relocation assistance. The assignee will probably have to be assisted with such matters as maintenance of the person’s home and automobiles, shipment and storage of household goods, and so forth.Family support. Cultural orientation, educational assistance, and emergency provisions are just some of the matters to be addressed before the family is sent abroad.General Awareness of Cultural DifferenceA short venture to the country gives the expatriate an advance notice on what to expect when placed in a different culture and lifestyle. As a study abroad coordinator, traveling to the location, and spending weeks learning about the country and its culture helped with training, preparing, and adjusting for the assignment. General awareness of cultural difference has been researched and found to be essential in preparedness for the expatriate and their family. They include but are not limited to:
TRAINING EXPATRIATES TO ADAPT CULTURALLY 19APPROPRIATE LEADERSHIP SKILLS / HUMAN RESOURCESHow a culture views body language.