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Should I stay or should I go? – Intercultural coaching to support and empower partners on internatio


Global relocations are great career opportunities offering travel and inspiring life-changing experiences in a new cultural setting.


But they can also be a challenge for the whole family moving places.


“Statistically, families’ inability to adapt to the new environment is the largest cause of assignment failure, and most HR departments consider employees’ families a risk”, says Evelyn Simpson from U.K.-based consultancy Thriving Abroad in an interview with SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management).


Here is the fallacy: A lot of these challenges are not visible right at the beginning (when assignee and spouse are prepared thanks to cross-cultural training and coaching), but pop up or creep in slowly months after the arrival. While many assignees face complex work situations, some of the real assignment blockers come out of the ordinary everyday life.


These issues need and can be addressed with intercultural coaching to ensure the success of international assignments – for the assignee, the accompanying partner, the children and the assignee’s company.


Let’s zoom into one classical example:


Anna, a Swedish native, 35 years old, married, has been living with her husband and their 3 year-old boy in France for the last 10 months. In her Swedish hometown, she used to work for a big company as a graphic designer. She now tries to set up her freelance graphic design business. B