February 18, 2015

Relocating to Czech Republic: What You Need to Know

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Feb

18

Relocating to Czech Republic: What You Need to Know

The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Poland. With a developed industrial economy, the Czech Republic attracts many expatriates, especially to the capital city of Prague. Our latest Market Watch on the Czech Republic, produced in conjunction with Cartus’ Destination Service Provider, Inter Relocation, discusses the potential challenges that assignees may face when moving there.

Challenges for International Assignees

Language

In the workplace, English speakers are increasing in the Czech Republic, especially amongst young people, but Czech remains the most widely spoken language. In fact, German and Russian are more common than English, because as a former communist nation, Czech Republic mandated that both languages be taught in schools.

TIP! Given the limits on English signage and speakers, language training is recommended to assignees and their families, who may find it a challenge to carry out tasks such as shopping or paying bills if they do not speak at least basic Czech.

Housing

The quality of property in Prague is of a good standard, but the biggest challenge in the country’s housing market is the limited number of properties located near international schools. Not only that, but because demand is high, so too are prices. Often, properties of the same standard, but located farther away from schools, are lower in price or offer more for the same cost.

TIP! Let Cartus know as soon as moves to the Czech Republic are scheduled so that we have plenty of time to source the most cost-effective accommodation. You should also consider providing assignees moving with children with an adequate housing allowance that reflects the high prices for properties located near schools.

Cultural Issues

•  The workplace can appear a little formal when compared with other Western countries.
TIP! Assignees should respect this attitude and also need to dress conservatively for the workplace.

•  Locals are nearly always punctual and prefer good structure when working on projects or in meetings. Decision-making can often be slow and methodical.
TIP! Assignees should build in extra time to their project planning to ensure that the various levels of bureaucracy are completed.

•  Managers may attempt to avoid delegation, although in ‘new-style’ Czech organisations, employee structures are flatter, with managers more willing to give responsibility to employees.

•  The Czech Republic as a country can be rather bureaucratic, and the workplace is no exception. This is not too much of a problem in Prague, but outside the capital, long processes still remain.

TIP! Czechs seldom refer to people outside their circle of family and/or friends on a first-name basis. Assignees should wait for an invitation to be less formal before doing so. We recommend cross-cultural training for those moving to the country; the policy type you choose should reflect the length of the assignment and the assignee’s relocation experience.

As well as downloading the Czech Republic Market Watch, watch our Cartus On the Ground video on the Czech Republic, and view our Resource Page for additional information on moving to other world locations.

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Lisa Reid

About Lisa

As director, supply chain management, Lisa works with the destination services provider network in EMEA. She has more than five years of global relocation experience.

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