An international assignment is often a life-changing time for any employee, that will impact not only their working life, but their personal lives too. With this in mind, it’s not surprising that we found a fifth (21%) of assignments are cancelled or terminated earlier than planned. The reason for this? Often, it’s lack of support, isolation and not fitting in.
A healthy benefits package can not only entice employees to take up international assignments, but can leave the employee feeling supported and more confident in their new role and surroundings.
Yet research we commissioned on international assignments has found that there is a communication gap between those creating these packages and the employees who receive them. This lack of communication of the full range of benefits on offer to those on assignment, from healthcare, to travel expenses, to accommodation, left assignees uncertain what exactly was available to them. As well as this, there was a difference in opinion as to what benefits an employee would value.
We’ve already touched upon the issues that international working can create for employees, and these can range from being away from loved ones to adapting to an entirely new culture - all whilst trying to perform in a new role.
So how can HR decision makers ensure that these benefits are being communicated effectively, in a way which could, ultimately, work towards the success of assignments?