Repatriation Expectations

When relocating overseas to an unfamiliar country, understandably anxiety levels can be high. However, lots of people forget that on repatriation and returning to your home country, anxiety levels can be just as high, especially if you have been overseas on assignment for an extended period of time.

In our previous blog post we spoke about reverse culture shock and the unexpected difficulties you may face trying to settle back in to your native ‘home’. You can read the post here.

With this in mind and the fact that repatriation can be just as daunting an experience, it is important that you are aware of what you may feel and what you can expect. Many of our clients expected everything to go smoothly and thought they would just easily fall back into their previous daily life, but this is not always the case.

Whilst overseas you will have had a completely new experience, learnt a lot, and gained new global insights and world views. On returning home, you will therefore now have very different views to your colleagues who might not necessarily agree with you. You may seem out of touch or think your views are no longer welcome. This is just cultural and overtime will ease. You should not be surprised to find this. Why not try to use it to your advantage and as a launch pad for debate and discussion?

Whilst on assignment, you may have been promoted and had a greater degree of authority, responsibility and power in making decisions. On repatriating, you may find you lose some of this power as you try to slip back into the old work place and regime.

The amount of support you receive will also most likely decrease now that you are back home. Whilst on assignment you will have been spoilt with relocation support. You may now find yourself having to do menial tasks that before were done for you.

The most important thing to remember is to be realistic. There will be a readjustment period when you first return home. It takes a while to get back on track, but with patience and time, you will soon settle in.

If TTA can be of any more support, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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