Discuss how expatriates experience reverse culture shock in the repatriation process. Repatriation process
Discuss how expatriates experience reverse culture shock in the repatriation process. What can companies do to help expatriates continue to be part of their home communities? If you were going through the repatriation process, what would you want the company to do for you and your family?
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Deresky states the reverse culture shock occurs when there is difficulty experienced by the expatriate upon their return to their home country in which they find it difficult to reintegrate themselves into the swing of things. While immersed in another country, they are learning their culture, norms and lifestyle. The level of difficulty will depend on how long the individual and their family have been away from their home country. The family will have to form relationships with those they left, or form new ones, which can lead to a feeling of starting over once again.
Companies can assist their employees through the process by ensuring the employee has a positive and supportive experience by assisting them in career planning and future steps, maintaining a supportive relationship while the employee is gone, and ensuring the information they bring back is useful for them and the company.