The successful reintegration of expatriates assures a clear competitive advantage and knowledge-management for your company!
Each foreign assignment transfer brings challenges that the expatriates and their families need to be prepared for. But the successful reintegration of employees is an equally important part of the foreign assignment process which gives your company important impulses and influences the success of other foreign assignments.
Challenges of reintegration
Returning to the home country can pose major challenges for expats and their families. All of the family members have had formative experiences abroad learning new roles, developing personal skills and assuming the values and norms of the host country. They all return to Germany as changed, more developed individuals, often without being consciously aware of the changes.
But things may also have changed “back home”. Old networks and groups of friends may no longer be around, and reintegration back into the job can also bring unexpected challenges.
All of this can cause enormous stress. It’s not even unusual for returnees to leave the company shortly after repatriation. This costs an organisation the valuable knowledge and experience that returning employees bring back with them.
Support for repatriates and their families
In our repatriation training and coaching sessions we support your former expats and their families in finding their feet again “back home” in both their professional and private lives. We do this by preparing strategies for coping with potential stress factors.
What we achieve with our repatriation training and coaching
- A constructive approach to the unavoidable “reentry shock”
- Reflection on and categorization of one’s intercultural experience abroad
- Awareness training for the newly acquired roles, skills and behaviours abroad and the resulting challenges in Germany
- Support in the reintegration process
- Reduction of stress and “returnee burnout”
- Reflection on and categorization of one’s experience abroad
- Comparison of the host culture and Germany:
- Self-assessment of participants regarding the cultural dimensions
- Constructive handling of the resulting differences
- Integration into one’s individual and intercultural profile
- What will/could change in the professional and private life in the home country?
- Managing “repatriate challenges” with supervisors, co-workers, neighbours, and friends
- Coping with reentry shock
- Developing personal strategies for the initial period back in Germany
Reintegration training for families
- Playfully rediscovering the new roles of the individual family members
- Identifying strengths and possible weaknesses
- What are we leaving behind in [….]?
- What awaits us in Germany/What has changed?
- Cultural reintegration process
- Our “new old home”: people, places
- Plans: (Re)discovering what is familiar and what is new in Germany