International assignments are unquestionably one of the quickest routes to building a global talent pool within any organization. Strategically, they are also an excellent way to spread functional skills around the world, deploying high performing employees at a moment’s notice.
Whether your focus is on long-term assignments, or more project-based, rotational or short-term assignments, they are costly. Early return, compromised performance and post-repatriation attrition are all signs that your company’s Return on Investment (ROI) was not met.
There is a lot of research out there that indicates the inability to adjust to the host location (by the employee or the accompanying family members) is responsible for assignment challenges or failures. At Crown World Mobility, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite tips on how to support assignment adaptation.