There are many companies devoted to making the transition process easier for employees coming into the U.S. on assignment, especially those who are not fluent in English. A destination service provider (DSP) can arrange a pre-assignment visit, and will connect the employee with a real estate broker familiar with the area. They also manage every detail of the relocation process, which means they will:
An employee with a lovely home in the countryside moves to New York City and the financially comparable housing is a modest apartment. Another, living in a downtown metropolis moves to Huntsville, Alabama, and marvels at the roomy house and yard, but realizes there is no nightlife or public transportation. When housing allowances are discussed, spell out these differences in living standards and help your employees prioritize the amenities that are most important to them.
Departing employees deal with warring demands on their time. They must wrap up work in the home office and prepare to move to another country. The direct supervisor’s natural reaction is to increase the workload and shorten deadlines while the employee is available to them. That creates stress for the employee and their spouse (who will be left to handle moving details and decisions), and may lead to rushed decisions and eventual dissatisfaction with their new home.
Since the visa process for working in the U.S. can take up to three months, and sometimes longer, there should be plenty of time to develop a clear transition plan that includes time set aside for the departing employee to meet with the person helping them through relocation. These pre-departure sessions help the employee and his or her family define their needs and preferences so they can settle in to a home that suits them.