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Moving to a new country with new cultures and customs involves a lot of personal change. Supports and information to support successful settlement and integration is very important for retention of newcomers in their new workplaces and communities.
A few considerations are:
There are a number of things you can do to make the move easier for your employee and to help them integrate into your workplace.
Help your new worker prepare for travelling to Saskatchewan and settling in the province. You may want to consider the following preparations before your worker arrives, to help ensure their transition to Saskatchewan is smooth and successful.
Learn about the settlement services and programs available to you and your business before your international worker arrives in Saskatchewan. Your local Regional Newcomer Gateway can also help you prepare for the new employee's arrival.
Important considerations include:
Give your new employee the contact information of someone in your organization in case there is a problem or delay during travel. You may also want to have someone from your organization present when they arrive in the community. Your company representative can provide orientation, as well as take the time to welcome the worker to the community and your workplace.
The introduction of international workers to your workplace may be a new experience for your current employees and managers. You can inform them about your plans to bring new workers into the company. Outline your expectations for new and existing staff to help ease the transition for all employees.
Not all of your workers will be accustomed to diversity in the workplace. Diversity training and team building activities for all your employees can help you all prepare for the new worker and boost team morale. A well-planned orientation program will also make the transition easier for the new employer. The program can include:
Your international worker will be curious about what your community has to offer. Sending information about housing, schools and education, faith communities, recreation and special events will help make your new worker more aware of the community.
Newcomers can learn more about Saskatchewan communities through Tourism Saskatchewan.
Where necessary, you may want to encourage your international worker to improve language skills in order to better adjust to the workplace and to life in Saskatchewan. Explore the Government of Saskatchewan's language training options.
The Government of Saskatchewan has established Regional Newcomer Gateways across Saskatchewan to help newcomers find the information, resources, services and people they need to make their move to Saskatchewan a success.
There are also a number of ethno-cultural group associations which may be available in your area. You may want to consider providing the contact information of an ethno-cultural group to your foreign worker.
Help your new worker settle in the community upon arrival in Saskatchewan.
When they arrive, extend a warm welcome by arranging to have someone available to meet the plane, train or bus.
Some international employees may need to have their qualifications recognized in Canada, which may require a formal assessment. Learn more about regulated occupations in Saskatchewan.
The Employer's Roadmap to Hiring and Retaining Internationally Trained Workers outlines how to integrate and retain internationally trained workers and how to create an inclusive workplace.
Follow-up to ensure your worker is successfully settled and comfortable in the community.
It may be beneficial to monitor your employee's work permit, visa and other documents to make sure they don't expire before your worker applies for permanent residency (where applicable).
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