I will be a presenter on an esteemed panel of speakers at the Global HR Conference in Houston on 11/10/2010. An overview is below. The topic is regarding expatriates and issues that arise.
International assignments are expensive, and failed or compromised assignments are especially expensive. Corporations and management are only recently starting to come to grips with some of the actual cost elements and expenses.
Current research, for example clearly demonstrates that of the failed or compromised assignments, 67% are due to family adjustment and family support problems, which are also ranked as the number one challenge expats report.
Neill Carson will discuss tools and programs that foster the success of the assignment by “supporting in” rather than “screening out” expat candidates and the incredible cost-benefit ratio and return on investment for involving and supporting families in this process.
Sara Rozin will address the importance of not only understanding the culture of one’s host country, but also the importance of understanding oneself in the context of culture: cultural self- awareness.
Dr. Klaybor will discuss the importance of pre-departure preparation and planning, the in-country support services currently available, and the positive impact these efforts have on assignment success.
Finally, Ken Burgess and Neill Carson will review the “repat” (coming back home) process. According to current (HR) literature, one-third of those experiencing an expatriate assignment leave their companies as unhappy employees within 12-months of returning home, an extraordinary expense in terms of both money and talent! Burgess and Carson will discuss the repat process, and will highlight a new tool and innovative process aimed at eliminating the preventable attrition and losses from the coming home process.