Relocation Blog

7 things Swedish Global Mobility Managers should tell new recruits

Posted by Lena Rekdal on Dec 7, 2017 12:55:00 PM

When you are native-born or have lived in Sweden most of your life, it is easy to forget to mention small things that surprise new relocation recruits. Here are seven tips for Swedish global mobility managers to be sure to share about our unique country and workplace cultures.

1. Your Swedish colleagues will leave early to pick up children even if you are in the middle of an important meeting. It’s not you; It’s them, and you will meet again tomorrow.

2. There are many holidays in Sweden that are unique – embrace them – everyone else will on Midsummer’s eve, Walpurgis, Crayfish premier, Lucia and the list goes on.
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Topics: HR

Talent Magnetism and our industry!

Posted by Lena on Oct 24, 2017 12:12:00 PM

There’s a war for talent out there and the main things that makes the top talent tick is actually the opposite of what is happening in our own industry – how will this pan out? Top talent thrive on these opportunities; innovative work places, thin borders between work and leisure, little bureaucracy and few layers within the organization, and high salaries. A environment that encourages trial and error and avoid the “blame game” and “cover your back” mentality. It would also greatly reduce the number of CC emails that we all get.

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Topics: HR

Webinars - we offer them and we join them

Posted by Lena on Oct 3, 2017 11:21:00 AM

When we achieved and re-qualified for the Global EuRA quality seal we also committed to always looking at new things, develop new systems, processes and methods to better serve our clients. Providing home finding in one of the most challenging rental markets in the world we need to educate, set expectations, have loads of empathy, and also provide the real guidance so in the end our clients end up with a place to live. And they always do, the road there can vary though. One of the tools we use for education, internally and externally is Webinars, they can be live or recorded, but the end purpose is the same, information transfer for all of our benefit. How do you prepare your expats to get a smooth landing? Ideas are most welcome!

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Topics: HR

What do we do when programs are clearly under dimensioned for the client’s needs?

Posted by Lena on Sep 26, 2017 10:51:00 AM

It’s an interesting question and we on the ground often run into it. What do we do when a family with many children, pets, and without language skills arrive with needs that far exceed the allotted time given by their employer? We try to talk to the employer and 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.

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Topics: HR

How to lower your Relocation costs by 30% by swimming downstream

Posted by Lena on Sep 19, 2017 8:41:00 PM

It’s not as hard as you may think. If you move young people or staff that will only stay short term there are solutions.

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Topics: HR

6 hints to HR of what no to do unless you want to lose staff!

Posted by Lena on Sep 5, 2017 11:49:00 AM

Make sure your message is clear. If you are not planning on trying to cut someone loose stay clear of;

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Topics: HR

How your productivity affects your business!

Posted by staff alexander on Jul 4, 2017 1:00:00 PM

As the busy modern society we are today, every one of us is continuously striving to do more in a shorter amount of time.

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Topics: Working in Sweden, HR

Trust and Integrity in Sweden

Posted by staff alexander on Jun 6, 2017 2:03:00 PM

An author recently wrote that Sweden is a country where people are intensely preoccupied with learning NOT to trust one another. I can only agree, since the first time I heard the word Mängelliste from an Austrian transferee I've come a long way. For years I tried to say that a handshake is enough and answering questions on "Can we be sure?" with "Yes, of course he said so". To most nationals that isn't good enough so we have adapted, but in my heart a handshake is still a handshake and in most situations I still trust someone’s word. That being said I can sniff out a lier very quickly - so we simply don't get to the actual handshake. This is a skill you need when you live by the trust morale.

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Topics: Swedish Culture, HR

Essentials to know about Sweden!

Posted by staff alexander on May 30, 2017 5:26:00 PM

Fika – every workplace will come to a standstill twice a day. 10:15-10:30 and 3 to 3:15 is the mandatory coffee gathering. Swedes drink more coffee than everyone but the Finns. If you go to a meeting you MUST say yes please to coffee even if you are a tea drinker… if not you will be regarded with suspicion. It’s part of the protocol.

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Topics: Swedish Culture, HR

Scandinavian cooperation at it's best!

Posted by staff alexander on May 23, 2017 12:07:00 PM

The Greater Copenhagen Area can also mean all of southern Sweden including Malmö/Lund if the Danes get their way. Some may find this offensive and some will attribute this to recent years thorn in the side given to the fellow Scandinavians by the Swedes calling Stockholm the Capital of Scandinavia.

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Topics: HR