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How Can Living Abroad Make You Smarter?

Posted by Jackie Dennis on Feb 3, 2017 11:11:00 AM
It's no secret that the expat life has become increasingly popular. More and more people are either moving abroad for work, education, or otherwise simply for the sake of indulging in new experiences. Whatever the reason, living abroad can actually be incredibly beneficial, aside from just being fun and interesting. Here are a few reasons why living abroad can be a great mental workout. Improving your communication skills If you're moving abroad, there's a good chance you'll have to learn a new language. Not only can learning a foreign tongue increase you cognitive skills, but being a second-language speaker also forces you to rely on other methods of ... Read More

2016 Year-end Global Mobility Trends: A Corporate Perspective

Posted by Janet Turner on Jan 27, 2017 11:03:00 AM
Global mobility is becoming a more common facet of corporate business, and yet, it's anything but perfected. As the year comes to a close, it's important to look at what's driving corporate relocation trends and how companies can effectively maintain a candidate pool that aligns with these trends. BGRS's 2016 Global Mobility Trend Survey offers some insight into the year's emerging trends, especially those practiced by companies at the forefront of successful global mobility. Key areas of mobility management Moving into 2017, more and more companies are moving away from traditional models to improve global mobility management through five key areas of ... Read More

6 Things Nobody Tells You About Moving Abroad

Posted by Janet Turner on Jan 12, 2017 11:01:00 AM
Living abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a person's life, but it can also be stressful. Fortunately, there are a number of resources to guide expats through a comfortable transition and a fulfilling time abroad. Here are some problems expats don’t always take into account, and how to deal with them. Language barriers can be hard to deal with The language barrier is an issue that becomes apparent to expats practically as soon as they land. Before even entering a new country, you will no doubt have to pass customs, after which you may need to find a cab, get some food or check into a hotel – all of which require conversation. Aside ... Read More

The Ultimate Moving Checklist for Employee Relocation Assistance

Posted by Melissa Morr on Sep 12, 2016 12:48:10 PM
Check, check: as you coordinate an international move, are you sure that you have everything covered? If you're in the position of managing a move, you need to make sure that your employees feel as organized as possible so that they can settle in and get to work. A simple checklist can help employees make sure that they have everything they need to make their move run smoothly. Get Documents Ready Documents can take a long time to process, so get organized a few months in advance. What documents do you need to travel? Renew passports, get a visa if required, and find adoption certificates, marriage certificates, and medical records to make sure that ... Read More

2 Common Challenges HR Professionals Face with Corporate Relocations

Posted by Janet Turner on Sep 7, 2016 2:03:23 PM
Handling corporate relocations for your company is a big responsibility. You're tasked with doing what's best for your company while also making sure that the relocating employees -- and often their families as well -- are also happy, so that they can be effective workers. Managing all of that at once can be a delicate balancing act. Take a look at two of the common challenges that HR professional face with corporate locations, and find out what you can do to effectively meet those challenges. Selling Real Estate                           Selling a house isn't always easy, especially if you're in a hurry.  If the relocating employees are currently ... Read More

Tips for Writing the Perfect Corporate Relocation Offer Letter

Posted by Janet Turner on Aug 29, 2016 1:00:00 PM
While a verbal discussion of an upcoming relocation can give you a good idea of where your employee stands on the idea of relocating to a new area, it's still customary to send a formal relocation offer letter to the employee that you've chosen and allow them to accept or reject that offer. Sending just the right letter can increase the chances that your pick will accept the relocation offer and go into the move with all the information they need -- and a positive attitude -- about the coming changes. Following are some tips for writing the perfect corporate relocation offer letter. Make it personal  When you're writing the letter, let your employee ... Read More

3 Tips for Paring Down Your Clutter Before an International Move

Posted by Janet Turner on Jun 10, 2016 1:00:00 PM
When you're preparing for a big move, it's always a good idea to take the opportunity to get rid of some of the clutter that you've held onto for too long. This is even more important when you're making an international move. The cost of shipping your possessions overseas can be high, so the more you can lighten the load, the more money you'll be able to save. Plus, it will be a lot easier to unpack and set up your new place if you're not tripping over things that you didn't need to bring in the first place. Following are some tips for reducing your clutter before you make an international move. Break It Down Looking around at an entire house full of ... Read More

Overcoming Move-Related Stress: 3 Important Steps

Posted by Alyssa Lopez on Jun 3, 2016 10:30:00 AM
Let's face it – moving is hard, whether you're transitioning to a home around the block or relocating halfway around the world. And when you're about to embark on a work-related international move, stresses can pile on top of other stresses, leaving you emotionally drained just when you need to be strongest. Instead of letting your next corporate relocation eat you alive, follow these three important steps to overcome move-related stress. Communication First Whether you have a family moving with you or you'll be joining colleagues who have already relocated, you're likely not in this alone. Making communication your primary focus during every stage of ... Read More

3 Ways to Provide Support to an Employee Selling Their Home before a Corporate Relocation

Posted by Janet Turner on May 31, 2016 3:26:27 PM
When your company needs to transfer an employee, it's in your business's best interest to make certain that the transfer goes as smoothly as possible. After all, your employee will be most valuable in their new position and location if they aren't still dealing with the hassle of moving when they begin work. That's one of the reasons why it's important to work with an experienced relocation management company. However, selling your employee's home can remain a troublesome task, especially if the housing market in your area is not good. Take a look at some things your company can do to help support an employee through the home sales process so that ... Read More

Importing 101 - A Beginners Guide to Importing Commercial Goods into the United States

Posted by Janet Turner on May 23, 2016 2:10:05 PM
Starting an importing business requires not only jumping into commerce basics, but navigating a regularly-changing list of rules for customs, shipping, and importing. Learn the basic steps to follow when importing goods into the U.S.  Importing Business 101 - The Basic Importing Process  If you want your imported goods to arrive on time, and avoid a tax penalty, then you need to know the right way to bring goods into the U.S. If you follow these basic steps, you cannot go wrong:  Partner with a U.S. customs broker and give them Limited Power of Attorney - This allows the broker to act as your agent in arranging the import. Get your documentation in ... Read More

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