Global mobility has created a strong and competitive work force. We live in an era of globalization, no longer confined to national borders. As a company, if you restrict yourself to only hiring domestically you may lose out on international talent. Recruiting worldwide can bridge talent gaps within your company. To expand globally and have a global presence you must have a diverse employee base.
A key element in making corporate relocations a success is a sufficient cross-cultural training program. Cross-cultural training will ensure that your expatriate employee and their family will have the necessary information to transition into their new life. By preparing the transferee you can help ease the stress of culture shock by eliminating some of the unknowns associated with relocation. We all have culturally-learned expectations of how we should act in social situations. We have learned how to behave through a process called socialization. This process begins very young in life and is ingrained in our make-up. We are provided with the skills and habits necessary for participating within our own society. When we are placed into an unfamiliar society we may react negatively to the situation. There is nothing worse than spending a significant amount of time and money to recruit globally, and having that relocation fail because the individual or their families were not properly prepared for the move.
Differences are inevitable. Effective cross-cultural training will help the transferee cope with these differences avoiding cultural misunderstandings. Culturally savvy employees are more effective and productive. Equipping them with the proper tools will help avoid culture clashes in the workplace, and make them effective leaders when managing multicultural teams. Training will minimize breakdowns in communication and potentially costly misunderstandings. You will see a long-term return on your training investing by employing culturally savvy individuals who are able to adapt to new occurrences.