International relocation and global mobility are back on the business agenda, so it’s important that employers are aware of the many considerations they must make before sending an employee abroad.

Employers need to carry out due diligence before the decision is made to send an employee abroad in any capacity, to protect both the employee and the employer.

Key considerations prior to sending employees overseas for work:

The health and wellbeing of the employee and their family should be a key concern when deciding to send an employee on an international assignment. Not providing sufficient support could prove a costly mistake.

Wide-ranging support

Considerations must go beyond the business opportunity. Employers must make sure that they have taken cultural differences into consideration and prepared the employee for the challenges they may face.

The type and level of medical care available will differ hugely from country to country. It is not just the NHS in the UK that has come under pressure from Covid, global healthcare systems are struggling and ensuring there is good medical support for employees abroad is more vital than ever.

Providing mental and social health support abroad is also vital as other cultures may not have the same attitudes to mental health, and employees may feel isolated. Access to support such as online counselling can help staff who need coping strategies. 

Working overseas can be hugely fulfilling and fruitful for both the employee and the company. However, it is important to give it full consideration and get support in place before any move. Taking expert and experienced advice from local to international level is essential to the success of assignments overseas.