Falling short to care for the families of foreign employees assigned to Sweden can cost globally-minded businesses money, alerts a Stockholm-based HR specialist who has commenced paid work and other services to help accompanying families find their way in Sweden.
De Leeuw-van Wijk says she’s come across some truly appalling attitudes toward globally recruited staff and their families who have relocated to Sweden from abroad.
“Some HR managers tell me, ‘Do we also have to care about how they feel? We already think they earn too much compared to Swedes’,” she recalls, adding that many HR professionals in Sweden seem unaware of statistics linking failure rate of assignments abroad with partners dissatisfaction.
Since 2009, Global Expert Partners has worked with the City of Stockholm and industry heavy-weights Atlas Copco – whom de Leeuw-van Wijk credits alongside Absolut, EA/Dice, Sandvik, Klarna, and Oriflame as companies that are taking the opportunity to understand and make life easier for staff recruited from abroad. Their task? Not only finding talent overseas, but making sure they stay.