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.…