From Randy Steinlauf‘s article “Learn From My Experience: 3 Ways To Ensure Expat Assignment Success” (click here to read the whole article) in the Employment Insider (January 24, 2019)
…..Despite differences in industry, country, leadership expectations and local team, there are three steps companies can take to help their expats be successful and achieve a strong return on their Investment:
- Choose Wisely
- Support the Family:
Research shows expat family adjustment issues are the leading cause of assignment failures and compromises. We’ve all heard the maxim, “happy wife, happy life.” A better adage for male and female expats is “happy kids & spouse, happy house.” When children have difficulty adjusting to school, a spouse misses family and friends back home or the family is unable to connect and fully engage in their new life in the host country – the challenges impact everyone.
Unfortunately, expatriate programs are generally deficient in structured support for the family. Needs range from practical/logistical issues such as finding housing, schools and grocery stores to understanding local cultures and managing language barriers to forging relationships with local and other expat spouses and families. If your Human Resources team is unable to provide these services, it’s important to partner with organizations or individuals who can.
- Provide Coaching