Relocation programs that are too small or vague for an employee moving to Sweden is not uncommon.
The question what do we do when programs are clearly under dimensioned for the client’s needs is not uncommon. It is difficult to be a service provider which innately means you like to help people and yet having to cap the relocation program at a very early stage.
Together with the company we try to discuss a solution that is relevant and appropriate and solves the issues that are important to the one that moves. However, while the company is aware of the challenges they are often bound by a policy that says a local contract should be in place with minimal relocation support.
While one family would have needed someone to meet them upon arrival, help them get their car, install them in the house and go out and buy some food to tie them over the first jet lagged day or two we couldn’t do any of this for them. It would dramatically have enhanced their experience in landing here making Sweden their new home for several years to come. Who knows, it may greatly affect the efficiency of the employees contribution at work. The same person must instead be in emergency mode at home to compensate for a less than smooth landing. It could very well cost a lot more than adding destination service support in the beginning when it was needed.
This is just one example of this, we have many more. Only the principal will get immigration assistance and the family is more or less barred from coming here for the duration of the assignment since migration board residence permit processing times are more than 1 year.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what is necessary, nice to have or a luxurious addition. This also varies from person to person. We know what is needed in our local market and can help customize a program that includes the essentials and excludes items from the global policy that isn’t needed here.