Studies put the failure rate for expatriate leaders at between 25 – and 50% per cent. Failure most often occurs at or before the 18 eighteen-month mark.

When the obvious costs of recruitment, relocation, housing, school fees and other benefits associated with expatriate assignments are considered, the cost of securing an expatriate leader is enormous, often 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. Ensuring the assignment is successful is crucial.

For the expat themselves, a failed assignment often means the stalling of a previously promising career and unfortunately often, the break down of personal relationships. It has been reported that almost 50 per cent of expatriate marriages end in divorce, accelerated by the stress caused by international assignments.

With such a high failure rate what can be done to mitigate this risk?

If supporting expats is part of your remit you will be interested to read our White Paper – Successful Expats – A Guide for HR.

If you are an expat or a potential expat then you will be interested in reading the White Paper – The Successful Expat – What you need to know.

If you are a partner of an expat or potential expat you will be interested in reading the White Paper – The Expat Family.

Our work with expatriate leaders has developed in response to organisational requests to support leaders arriving in Australia. This holistic program, The Expat Program, has been developed to meet the needs of the expatriate leader, their family and the employing organisation.

The families of expatriates are not always visible but have a profound role to play in the success or failure of the assignment. In recognising this we ensure that spouses and families are considered and supported as part of The Expat Program.