All the things we wish we had known…

A first-hand account of the trials and tribulations of relocation
By Andrea Register
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/28/2004

Moving to the Netherlands three years ago could have been an easier and more efficient process had we known certain things prior to the move.

It’s clear now our relocation was complicated by the fact that the company my husband joined — an energy utility going through deregulation — had employees only in the Netherlands. Its experience moving people was limited. There was very little expat relocation support.

The Dutch are renowned for being fluent in English and because my husband’s company trades globally, its language of business is also English. We were, therefore, lulled into complacency regarding the language barrier. We were soon shaken from that complacency.