Demonstrations, violence, displaced people, injured persons, rulers who desperately are clinging to power, fear of worst-case incidents, these are just some of the images we encounter when dealing with the issue of foreign countries at the moment. If a member of an aid organization or a company is sent for a foreign assignment, he hopes not to be confronted with such serious problems. In the past years, however, an influence of such stress-factors has been observed, showing stress symptoms among employees and their families. Only when the situation is threatening to escalate, for instance in case of a tsunami with radioactive danger, fall of those at present in power, terrorist attacks as those of 9/11 in New York 2001, concerned firms often react too late with considerable financial expenditure to bring their members to safety. A contingency plan for any incident usually does not exist. Yet, the above mentioned problems represent only the tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately, the omnipresent stress-factors such as time adjustments, other cultures, foreign language, foreign food and much more are often neglected. Even these matters need to be well-prepared some months in advance.
You also have to consider that not only the assignment but also the return, if planned or unplanned, requires suitable preparation and post-processing. More and more firms and aid organizations being internationally active do send their staff abroad, often for years to work on site and also to set up and carry out projects. On this occasion, the whole family often accompanies the employee and requires support, too.
Due to our partner being active in Relocation-coaching for years, we are able to offer suitable international preparation seminars to firms, individuals, families and aid organizations.
We would be glad to elaborate a suitable preparation concept for you, your firm or your employees.