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Expatriates & Success

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I have never worked for an organization that was involved with international hires, transfers, and relocations. Working outside of your home country and becoming and expatriate "expat" is not an easy transition, and it is up to the company to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible. In our module notes, there is a list of things that a company can do to make life easier on both the expat and their family. One measure is aiding the spouse in securing a job. This is done through job counseling and providing resume writing and interviewing techniques. Offering this takes a lot of pressure off the family in the process. One of the problems that result in an expat returning early is often family related. In one study U.S. managers listed the inability for their spouse to adjust as the number one reason for leaving the assignment early (Dessler, 2013, p. 589).

Companies often use expatriates because they are not able to find local candidates with the required technical qualifications (Dessler, 2013, p. 583). In order for this to work for both the family and for the company that has chosen this employee to work abroad it is imperative for the family to be comfortable. A way to accomplish this is by ensuring that they live somewhere that is comparable to where they were from originally. They can also offer a large enough salary that the spouse may choose to pursue other avenues rather than just getting a job. Perhaps, the spouse would like to return to school in this time, and learning abroad can be an invaluable experience. Each situation is different and should be treated as such, to ensure success and ease of transition.

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Support for an expatriate's spouse and family are very important, as our book points out. Often an employee is immersed in his or her new job, interacting with colleagues from the home office, and offered support in the form of a regular place to go, daily activities, and a sense of purpose. In contrast, family members who are uprooted ...

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This solution responds to a classmate's post regarding the global nature of HR and expatriates.