Category Archives: expatriates

It’s Not Just About the Employee: How to Accommodate the Needs of the Accompanying Expatriate Partner

In the not-so-distant past, a “trailing spouse” was typically the female partner of an expatriate male who ran the household and took care of the children’s needs while the family was on assignment. Today, the term “trailing spouse” is rarely used at all. As in non-expatriate society, family relationships are far more fluid and individual […]

How to Assess a Candidate for an International Assignment

What makes the “ideal expatriate”? Companies that deploy employees abroad are keenly interested in the answer to this question. According to Worldwide ERC, a traditional, long-term international assignment can cost a company $1m or more. In the worst-case scenario, if the expatriate or family are unhappy in the host location and the assignment fails, the […]

Expatriate Management: Why Companies Explore Foreign Talent Pools

In order for companies to stay ahead of the competition in this global economy, they must leverage and optimize all the tools at their disposal.  Talent is the most important of these tools and often proves to be the single greatest differentiator among companies in a crowded marketplace.  Talent pools, like the economy, are global […]