We encounter a growing number of expatriates working at multinational companies, mainly because of the fact that the knowledge and expertise required for certain positions are an obstacle when it comes to filling these vacancies by local employers.
The extent to which these expatriates are involved is variable. This way, we encounter people responsible for a specific geographical area to which they travel very often but do not settle there, being sent to that region from Monday to Friday, called “Commuters”; and expatriates themselves, who establish their residence in the destination country for more than twelve months and less than five years. After this period, expatriates become “located”.
There are several factors to consider when settling abroad. The salary has to be fair and in line with the cost of living in the destination country. If the country does not belong to the EU/Switzerland/EEA Union, we must find out if that country has a social security agreement. Member countries will just need to apply for the European health card and to fill out an official form (TA300 model).
Another aspect to think about are taxes, but generally, the employee ignores the tax issue, and it is the company the one that takes care of the fiscal cost irrespective of the country in which taxes have to be paid.
Finally, the employment relationship with the company of origin may be maintained when expatriation is temporary, 2 people are hired at the same time, one in the country of origin and the other one in the destination, or the contract finishes.
9 key aspects to make yourself understood in English
To speak English does not necessarily mean to have a good command of English. Sometimes we meet people who despite being highly qualified, are not able to use their language skills at work or in their private life.
We are going to unveil nine key aspects to improve our fluency:
The importance of non-verbal language
Non-verbal communication provides a number of nuances that have more importance than we think, given that not everything we say, we say it with words.
Unconsciously, our body transmits information about our emotions, intentions and personality. Even while being silent, our postures, facial expressions and appearance speak for themselves.
In the interaction, non-verbal behavior also reports our degree of comprehension, level of agreement, and may even contradict our words.
Most experts say that in a face-to-face conversation, more than half of our language is transmitted through the body, and we constantly use non-verbal clues.
The implementation of English as the universal language of business
English has become an indispensable tool in order to internationalize the market and the societies. It is so essential, that the ability to communicate in English can represent the difference between winning or losing job opportunities.
The level of competitiveness nowadays requires companies to communicate with a wide range of actors; and this communication is carried out in the language that has emerged as the universal language of business.
Key points for getting the most out of learning
Learning is fundamental in improving our skills and aptitudes; to fulfill ourselves personally, participate in society and achieve success in the professional world. We will provide some keys to make the most out of our learning in a simple and summarized way:
Teaching versus Coaching
Because of the growing importance that language coaching is gaining nowadays, we are going to try to delimit and explain what differentiates it from language teaching, in order to have a better understanding of what both mean and to categorize and classify these two workspaces.
Many teachers call themselves “coaches”, despite the difference that this term implies. It is necessary to be sure that people who claim to be coaches are really qualified and certified by a recognized coaching organization.
Overcoming the language barrier through coaching
Coaching is a relatively new discipline, and beyond fashions, it is imperative to wonder if it is really effective, and if so, what its benefits are.
It began in the 70s in the United States, and today it is present in almost every country in the world. This is an indicative of the fact that the coaching does work, and that it can be a promising investment of quality. Other indicators of its effectiveness are the numerous studies that have demonstrated their effectiveness and impact on executives and business organizations.