Is it possible that despite Denmark being a great country with all of its amazing benefits and lovely people, expats arriving to the country might still feel it is difficult to settle in?
As it turns out, and much to our surprise as well, an Expat Insider Survey conducted by InterNations revealed that Denmark scored 63rd out of the 64 countries investigated on the Ease of Settling Index. Regardless of the country, expats share similar challenges in the new country.
Recall the last time you went through an anxious period, or when you felt extremely lonely. How did it affect your skills? How did it affect your family/relationships? How do you think it affected people around you in general?
Having lived in many different countries ourselves, we understand how challenging it can be. Due to the lack of meaningful connections, loneliness often comes up as the biggest issue, which leads to stress and anxiety. This is further complicated by language barriers and the identity crisis that comes up as a result of the moving.
This affects organizations as well. As a result of all this unprocessed frustration, expats will either leave the company before they finish their contract, or their work will be severely affected. This permeates into the company on all levels from top to bottom, potentially causing further frustration to everyone involved.
Whatever the case is, having expats in your company who can manage the transition well, are capable of adjusting, have a good social life and balanced relationships will help your organization and team become its best iteration.
Through our work with private clients and companies, we found that there are key areas that need to be addressed in a holistic manner. These are: the lack of network, language barriers and issues that show up within the relationship (not just romantic ones) as a result of poor change handling. Our team of career, health and language experts created a well-rounded support system that addresses all the key areas.