Did you know that partner support is the most critical factor in ensuring successful relocations?
International relocations are beneficial for companies, employees, and families alike. However, recruiting and retaining top talent for global roles is a huge financial and organizational investment. Failed assignments result in significant financial loss for the organization, decreased employee satisfaction and disrupted workflow.
There are many ways that employers currently support employees and their families in relocations. Despite this, research consistently shows that the number one reason for failed relocations is “an unhappy, unintegrated partner in the host location.” (EY & NetExpat, 2018 Relocating Partner Survey Report)
In addition to the stress of coping with a major life change, accompanying partners have the challenge of advancing their career (or finding another meaningful purpose) in the new place, without the benefit of a community, resources, or support system. They also often carry the burden of coordinating the move, supporting children through the transition, and getting the family settled in the new location. Common struggles among relocating partners are isolation, loss of identity and purpose, difficulty integrating, and frustration with career stagnation.
When accompanying partners don’t successfully adapt, this puts increased stress on the employee. The result is reduced employee satisfaction and productivity, and in some cases, failed assignments. Sponsoring organizations are beginning to understand that support for accompanying partners is critical to relocation success.
Thriving Relocation helps accompanying partners to not just survive, but thrive, in their new locations. This enables sponsoring organizations to ensure smooth and successful relocations, and vastly reduces the risk of costly failed assignments.
My programs provide accompanying partners with support and strategies tailored specifically to each stage of the relocation process:
Decide. Successful relocations begin with a well-made decision. I give families practical tools, along with personal coaching, to make informed and thought-out decisions.
Prepare. I provide support with practical and personal navigation of the transition to a new place, which reduces stress and ensures that families get their relocation off to the right start.
Thrive. The first year in a new location is a critical time for accompanying partners to establish support networks, meaningful involvements, and overcome challenges. I specialize in helping partners successfully build a thriving life in their new location.
Shannon Jones, M.A., is a certified professional life coach and founder of Thriving Relocation. She brings together her professional background in psychology and personal development, extensive research on relocation, transition, and wellbeing, experience coaching clients in relocations, and her own experiences as an accompanying partner across four countries over the past twelve years. She is certified through Animas Centre for Coaching and is a member of Families in Global Transition.