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.
Travelling and Living Arrangements
- Choose a travel date that works for you and your new employee.
- Discuss accommodation needs before your new employee arrives in the province.
- Some international employees may have friends and family in Saskatchewan who they can stay with initially, while others will need to find accommodation of their own.
- You may also assist them with finding temporary accommodation until the right kind of living arrangements can be made.
- Plan to assist your new employee with finding groceries, appropriate transportation and other necessities.
- If the worker is travelling with family, you'll want to know the number, their ages and genders and whether they have any medical, social, or nutritional needs. You can plan to help them meet those needs.
- Newcomers to Saskatchewan may not be prepared for the cold weather in winter or the hot weather in summer. Tell your new employee about the kind of weather that can be expected in your community. If appropriate clothing isn't available in the worker's home country, you may want to organize and collect appropriate clothing that your worker will need during the first few weeks in Saskatchewan.
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 should be able to provide a proper 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:
- A tour of the work site with introductions to co-workers.
- Explaining the company's workplace culture, as well as any procedures that your employee will need to follow.
- Outlining your workplace expectations and schedules.
- Ensuring that appropriate on-the-job training is available.
- Assigning a work partner for each new international worker:
- This could be another international worker who has already made the transition; or
- Someone in your organization that demonstrates leadership and mentorship skills.
- Providing a payroll orientation session. Use this session to explain the pay process in your company, what deductions will be made from their pay, etc.
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 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.
- 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.