Why expats need unique support. Part 3: essential services to support expats

Why expats need unique support. Part 3: essential services to support expats

Employees moving abroad (expats) will experience a predictable Cycle of Adaptation and challenges specific to the expat experience. These create risks of negative impact on the employee and their family that may precipitate a failed assignment and subsequent repercussions for the employer. It is crucial, then, that organizations take all the necessary measures to protect one of their most valuable assets – the employee living abroad. Evidence shows that by implementing five essential support services, expats will have an increased probability of success, both personally and professionally, and the employer will realize their business objectives:

  1. Selection and preparation service

The success of an organization’s global endeavours depends almost entirely on having the right employee for the right job, so prior to assigning an employee to work abroad, organizations are advised to implement this screening and assessment tool.…

Why expats need unique support. Part 2: 9 factors that influence success

Why expats need unique support. Part 2: 9 factors that influence success

Clearly, being an expat who works overseas presents a multitude of opportunities, challenges and risks. And since any of these may be experienced at the individual, couple, family or organizational level, the risks need to be managed appropriately to ensure successful completion of the assignment.

9 factors that influence successful international assignment

We have identified 9 broad categories of factors that can contribute to or inhibit the successful completion of an international assignment. These categories are based on existing research regarding successful adaptation and resiliency traits and behaviours, and have been proven to be valid and reliable predictors of assignment success.…

Why expats need unique support. Part 1: The Cycle of Adaptation

Why expats need unique support. Part 1: The Cycle of Adaptation

The experience of moving abroad and working overseas, i.e. becoming an expat, is not a single event in time. A Cycle of Adaptation commences prior to an employee`s deployment and ends following repatriation. In between, there are a number of important milestones: the 9 Adjustment Stages that are co-related to the emotional reactions and energy levels experienced by employees and their family members. They can transpire from the time they are selected for an assignment in a foreign country, to their move abroad and then to their return back home.

These Adjustment Stages are connected to specific emotional reactions and challenges in each of the 5 phases of the expat experience.…