Supporting Your International Assignee


According to the 2012 Brookfield Global Relocation Trends Survey, the average number of countries that companies send employees to has jumped from 13 in 1998 to 22 in 2012 and is anticipated to be 33 by 2020.

Such support should be offered pre-departure or within a few days after arrival at the destination country. Support for a relocating professional should include exploration of their own cultural values and preferences, and how their own perception might affect interactions with people in the host country. It is vital for both the expatriate, and their partner, to develop a set of behavioral and cognitive skills to manage cultural differences, both socially and in the work place. In developing these skills, concrete strategies for assignment success can be realized.

This helps ensure the assignment continues smoothly and effectively, and reduces the risk of the assignee opting to head home before their assignment has reached a successful completion.

Diana Anderson, Global Research Manager