Your new employee from abroad will be integrating not only to your company, but also to the Danish society. Here are some resources for you to help your new employee settle smoothly.
Danish workplace culture may seem very different from what your foreign employee is used to from home. The flat hierarchy, knowledge sharing, flexible working hours and the generally informal tone of voice in the Danish workplace can be a surprise if he/she is used to things being done differently.
Workindenmark offers an e-learning module on Danish workplace culture. The module explains how to navigate in a Danish workplace and how to deal with situations which may be unfamiliar to your new employee from abroad. The module is one of the four modules in Workindenmark's e-learning course on “Make it work in Denmark”.
Workindenmark's e-learning course “Make It Work in Denmark”
It is necessary to have a profile at Workindenmark.dk to start the course.
Create a profile at workindenmark.dk, if your employee does not have a profile yet.
One of the keys to social interaction is learning Danish. Even though most of your employees probably speak English, it is a good idea to encourage your foreign employee to start learning Danish. Language course are often offered by a series of Danish language centres. If your employee is interested in learning Danish, you may recommend that he contacts a local municipal citizen service centre for further advice.
Further information on Danish language courses
Help to your employee's spouse/partner
Experience shows that the spouse/partner feels more settled in Denmark, if he or she has a job, is undergoing an education or carrying out volunteer work. This can bring the spouse/partner a sense of belonging to Denmark, as well as help them build his/her own local social networks.
Get an overview of Workindenmark’s resources for job search that spouses/partners can take advantage of.
It is also possible for the spouse/partner to develop a network by becoming involved in volunteer work.
Your employee can find a large pool of volumeteering positions on www.volunteering.dk
Social life and integration
Sometimes little things can make a great difference. Remember to encourage your new employee to accompany colleagues in the workplace for lunch and invite the employee to take part in social activities, such as summer and Christmas parties – or join the running club at work or an association outside work.