The main challenges faced by companies when they are wanting an employee to relocate for their job have been identified as partner resistance, family adjustment, children's education and location difficulties. What we can take from this information is the need for assignees to fully understand what their host country can offer them at all levels, not just in regard to their career.
Before moving your family overseas, there are a lot of issues which need to be considered – it is not as simple as packing up and leaving.Children can grow up resenting their parents’ decision to move if the situation is not handled carefully. Even if you have already decided to move the family overseas, you will still need to listen to what your children have to say about it. New friends, new hangouts, and new schools are just some of the legitimate worries that they are likely to have. You will need to demonstrate to them that you care about their feelings and, by learning about their various concerns, you will be able to find solutions to them.
Once you have broken the news to the family, you will need to start making the preparations as a family. You will need to learn as much about the destination country as possible.
One of the primary concerns will be the lifestyle that the family will need to grow accustomed to. As much as possible, try to research the country, or at least the town you're moving to. This will help to prepare you for any questions that you will need to answer to put your family's mind at ease. The more you know about the destination country, the less the potential culture shock will be.
If English isn’t your first language, it would be wise to enroll on a course as a family, so you are all able to communicate from day one. Different regions of the UK also have different accents and colloquialisms, so it would be wise to listen to some samples online at http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/sounds/.
Moving your family overseas can be difficult, but with the right attitude, it could be an immensely rewarding experience for you all. The most important thing to remember about moving to a foreign country is never leave out any detail, no matter how minor it may seem. The place matters, the people matter, and each family member matters. If you bear all this in mind, you will encounter less problems in your move.