Culture issues surrounding relocation can be one of the most daunting demands of an HR professional. Trying to teach someone about the culture of another society can be like trying to explain the concept of snow and ice to someone who has always lived in the desert.
Some of the links provided may help point you in the right direction in trying to provide those learning experiences that just may help you avoid some unnecessary cultural conflicts in the future.
If you are planning on moving any of your staff to a city in the United States you really need to spend some time on this site. It provides just about everything you could ever want to know about any city in the U.S. and is very easy to navigate. They even have a section entitled “Cool Local Info.”
“Transition Dynamics specializes in the human dimensions of change, with particular commitment to the international expatriate experience.” An organization that provides excellent reference materials online, useful links to other Web sites and affordable publications.
Canadian Relocation Systems
A Canadian-content relocation site that provides excellent resources on relocation for Canada’s major and not so major cities, from Charlottetown, P.E.I. to Iqaluit, Nunavut. Extremely user-friendly and it is very easy to find information.
If you are looking for information on destinations outside Canada and the U.S., I would suggest you begin your search here. The site includes basic relocation information on housing, travel arrangements and the “top 10 relocation headaches.” There is also a list of links to related Web sites for travelling employees.
Other Web sites that may be of interest;
•The Canadian Employee Relocation Council.
•The Expatriate Group
•Mobility Services International
Robert Horgan is an HR Professional and freelance writer and can be contacted through his Web site at www.robhorgan.com.