At home abroad

When employees relocate internationally to work in their organization's foreign offices, these individuals can benefit from learning new approaches to problem solving. But with such a move come the joys and the stress of living in a new culture. This article looks at how such companies support their relocated employees while working on long-term assignments; it also discusses the training and guidance these individuals need to acclimate themselves within their host culture while realizing their project responsibilities. In doing so, it examines the organizational concerns of sending employees abroad: training (information on cross-cultural skills and knowledge of local conditions) and support expenses are nearly four times the employee's salary, and project knowledge is often lost as such employees tend to leave the sponsoring company within one year of completing their foreign assignment. It also discusses the major challenges these relocated employees face, detailing the personality qualities required to ex
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