Many people know that hiring international employees for your company has many benefits. In fact, international staff members that feel comfortable in their workplace is even more profitable. In general, employees that feel welcome and comfortable are more motivated. Welcomed and comfortable international employees help them to have an easier time adjusting to a new country and a new company. Once they feel part of a team they perform better at work and the chance of them staying with you in the future will increase.

But you may be wondering how do we make them feel more comfortable and at home once they are hired?  Good news! In this blog, we have the top 5 tips on how to make international employees feel more welcome in your company and the country you are located in.

Recruiting the right match

Making a new employee feel more comfortable in your company start with the very first phase, the recruitment process. It is important that the employee is qualified for the position however, it is also important to assess if someone fits in with the company culture. Employees enjoy their job more and perform better when they share the same values and needs of other people in their workplace.

If you’re recruiting employees from abroad, not only does the international employee has too fit in with the company culture, but the employee also needs to be aware of the new country culture as well. So it is important that the hiring manager makes sure that the potential international employee has an understanding and eagerness to move to that new country.

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Onboarding programs

Onboarding programs are vital for the new employees so that they are up to speed with the rest of the staff who have worked in the company for a longer period of time. These programs also boost the engagement of new employees.  The goals of these programs are to make the employee feel more comfortable, gain their commitment, to get to know the company and its culture and to prepare them for their new job. Onboarding programs can be a few days to a few months. this program will also help reduce the turnover rates. 87% of employees are less likely to change their workplace when they are more engaged and feel more comfortable.

Buddy system

For some people, it takes a longer time to adjust to the work environment. Although it is very exciting to start a job in a new company it can also be overwhelming. Having a designated buddy at work helps the transition for a new employee expressly during an onboarding program. The buddy is someone who has worked for a while at the company and helps the new employee through the first few weeks or months. Besides sharing their knowledge, experience and feedback they also can help the new staff member create friendships at work. The buddy could also help the international employee adapt to the new country with how-to’s and to-do’s in the new country.

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Celebrate the differences

It is important that a business is aware and adapts to their international employees without having to change the company culture.  A great place to celebrate the differences in an office is the canteen. For instance, existing employees can start talking English more often during the lunch break so the internationals won’t feel left out and can join the conversation. In the canteen, food from different nationalities can also be served. Everyone can enjoy and try different food from different cuisines. Companies can also organise events where everyone brings some food from their culture, also known as a Global Village. The food can be shared and everyone will have an opportunity to share a piece of their background to each other.

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The best housing solution

International employees often do not have a residence in the country the company is based. To let an employee feel at home in the city or country where the business is established, it is important that they feel at home in their new house or apartment. Serviced accommodations are an excellent solution for short and long stays. Serviced accommodations can also be used as temporary accommodation in the meantime that the international employee tries to find a more permanent residence. Serviced accommodations can be (studio) apartments and houses.

Here at Short Stay Citizens, we offer the best-serviced accommodations that fit the needs and wants of the client. If you want to know more about the best serviced accommodation solution for yourself or your employee, you can read our blog about how to make a serviced apartment feel more like home and be sure to visit our website!

Serviced apartment

By following these five steps the eagerness and enthusiasm of new international employees can be boosted. The first few days or weeks will determine the long-term judgement of an employee about the company and their job. Choosing the right fit for your company, having an onboarding program, buddy system and providing the best housing solution will certainly make your new employees feel right at home in your company!

By Sahar Tahib

Sources:

Globalization Partners, 2019

Inc.com, 2015

Feedough, 2019

Strayboots

Forbes, 2014

The Muse

PMI.org, 2014