Studies show the number one reason for expat failure are ‘family related issues’. These may include trailing spouse syndrome, career issues or lack of practical support. This is a significant problem for International Human Resource (IHR) Managers.
Expat failure is a costly exercise for a business. Research by PwC and the Cranfield School of Management show most expat assignments cost over $300,000 per year and almost one in ten returns early from expatriate assignment. International Human Resource Managers have an important role to play in minimising expat failure within their organisation.
To put an effective plan in place it’s important to understand some of the family-related issues that may cause an assignment to fail.