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5 key aspects to take into account for the adaptation of the spouse of your transferred professional
As we have mentioned in other articles, the role played by the spouse of the transferred professional is of great importance, because the success of the international transfer depends on his process of adaptation to the destination country. (You can read: Partner´s process in an international transfer).
Under the previous premise we propose the following scenarios where you will be able to better visualize the relevance of incorporating the spouse in the entire expatriation process:
If the professional has carried out a fluid process of adaptation to the destination country and in his/her new working environment but his/her spouse has had many difficulties to adapt because of the time, the area, the language, among many other factors, the family is likely to make the decision to end the transfer in less than 6 months.
If the professional has not achieved optimal adaptation to the country of destination or in his/her working environment but his/her spouse has, he/she will receive a positive influence and the transfer can be extended more than expected.
Taking into account the examples mentioned, we give you to know 5 key aspects for you to achieve the correct adaptation of the spouse of your transferred professional:
1. Always consider the opinion of the spouse: Always try at meetings to have lists of questions from both the professional and the spouse as this information will be of great help in choosing housing options, colleges, universities, etc...
2. Invite him/her to the meetings you have with your transferred professional: When you have meetings on the relocation process it is advisable to always invite the spouse so that he or she does not attend because only extending the invitation will allow him/her to feel involved.
3. Take into account the data of the spouse as a profession and nationality: The data as a profession and nationality are of vital importance because according to them the spouses will be able to access visas with open work permits (Mercosur) if they wish to continue their professional life in the destination country and not stay at home. Also, depending on the profession, know the requirements to exercise it.
4. Know your expectations: Studies show that most spouses have a profession so not conditioning them to stay at home is essential. Also knowing their expectations is essential because in most cases it is they who make most decisions regarding housing, courses, etc...
5. Keep communication with the spouse after expatriation: Try to schedule follow-up calls in your calendar at your preferred frequency. This will let the spouse know that the company is not only aware of the professional but of the family in general.
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