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Posted by Jane Bergman |
Cartus Shortlisted for Four Relocation Awards in EMEA!

We’re delighted to announce that Cartus has been shortlisted for four relocation awards at the annual European Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs).

Cartus is shortlisted for:

•  Relocation Management Company of the Year 2014
•  Best Vendor Partnership Award — with our client Dell
•  Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility
•  Thought Leadership — Best Survey for the 2013 Talent Management and the Changing Assignee Profile Report

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The Netherlands Immigration: 2014 Relocation Update

Posted by Annetje Suorsa |
The Netherlands Immigration: 2014 Relocation Update

Immigration can be one of the biggest challenges in a global relocation programme. Our latest Cartus Mobility Insights gives a 2014 update on Netherlands immigration and discusses future legislative changes. These changes may impact international assignees moving to the Netherlands, although encouragingly, most are aimed to make immigration processes easier and quicker for organisations.

Combined Work and Residence Permit
Since April of this year, third-country nationals (foreign nationals from countries outside of the European Union, European Economic Area, and Switzerland) may now apply for a combined work and residence permit. Previously, a work permit had to be applied for separately, so this will help streamline the process for assignees, although the changes will not apply to intra-company assignees or those planning to work in the Netherlands for fewer than three months.
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When Expat Families Fail to Thrive

Posted by Patrice Heinzer |
When Expat Families Fail to Thrive

“Failure to thrive” is a condition sometimes diagnosed in infants whose weight and physical development lag behind the norm. Elderly people can also fail to thrive due to illness and depression. But what about a situation in which an entire family fails to thrive?

This phenomenon sometimes occurs in families who have relocated because an adult member of the household has accepted a work assignment in a new city or country. Perhaps some (or all) of the family members are ambivalent about the move. The relocated employee may be struggling to find his or her way with new responsibilities among new co-workers in a new location and is so immersed in work challenges that the family’s distress goes unnoticed or unaddressed. If one parent stays at home, she or he may feel all the stress of providing emotional support to family members and of taking the lead in such matters as handling schooling, shopping, and landlords.
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Doing Business in China: Cartus Insights

Posted by Jessica Lv |
Doing Business in China: Cartus Insights

Working in Shanghai as an account manager for Cartus Intercultural & Language Solutions, I have often been asked by my HR contacts, “Which is more important—corporate culture or national culture?”

I answer them with another question: “How long has your employee worked in the corporate culture, and how long have they been Chinese?” Although corporate culture is strong, its influence doesn’t have the depth that national culture has. Traditional cultural values in China, such as Hierarchy, Face, or the Guan Xi (relationship) are still key cultural business drivers today.
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Cartus EMEA’s Award-Winning Internship Programme is Launched for 2014

Posted by Andy Hipkiss |
Cartus EMEA’s Award-Winning Internship Programme is Launched for 2014

Cartus EMEA has launched its 2014 internship programme in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE). Similar in structure to the intern programme that’s run at our Cartus HQ in Danbury, CT, the EMEA programme is now in its third year. As Learning and Development Director, I coordinate and run the eight-week EMEA programme, and I am always impressed by the quality of the candidates we attract.

Award Winning
The intern programme is even more special this year because it won Cartus EMEA the Best Growing Talent Initiative Award in the Re:locate Magazine Awards earlier in 2014. We were delighted to win an award that seeks to highlight organisations that demonstrate a true strategic partnership between talent and mobility—and for me, the internship programme does just that. It allows us to nurture the next generation of relocation professionals who will lead the mobility field in five to 10 years’ time, helping our clients move the next generation of international assignees.
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