How to get an ROI for expat leaders: manage the multiple transitions

Last week in Sydney at an International Forum for HR Directors of ANZ affiliates of global companies there were robust and thought provoking conversations.  Across them all there was the theme and constant challenge of how HR can continue to be a relevant and integral business partner and asset?

One clear way was to champion the infrastructure for the building of capability and performance.  There is always the necessity for all business leaders in ensuring prudent and effective return on investment.

This echoes what we regularly hear from our clients. We at OSULLIVANFIELD continue to be relevant and integral business partner and asset by creating resources and delivering programs that minimise the risk in these circumstances.

As business leaders of the HR function in global organisations they were also familiar with the unrealised return on significant investment (both financially and personally) of the expatriate assignments occurring under their watch.

Studies put the failure rate for expatriate leaders at between 25 and 50%. When you consider the obvious cost of recruitment, international relocation etc it is enormous, usually two to three times the total package. This does not account for the hidden expenses including the time and focus of the organisational resources at both home and host locations.

If the assignment fails this is a significant expense for the organisation. It has been suggested that for senior executives whose base salary is above US$250,000, the cost of a failed expatriate assignment can be up to 40 times base salary.

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International HRD Forum’s Annual Conference

On October 22-23 2014, OSULLIVANFIELD were sponsors of the International HRD Forum’s Annual Conference exclusively for HR Directors leading the ANZ operations of global companies. The program explored the “Future of HR in Multinationals”.

This was an excellent platform to launch our new branding, the Foreigner in Charge book, reconnect with old friends and colleagues and meet new ones.

Many thanks to the CEO Forum for their support.