June 27, 2023
An international assignment is often a prerequisite for senior positions at global companies. However, international assignments come at a significant cost - approximately US$311,000 (£245,000) per year, according to previous research by PwC and the Cranfield School of Management.
Unfortunately, many of these assignments fail to yield a return on investment, with studies suggesting that 6%–10% of them are prematurely terminated, due to unnecessary underperformance or even burn-out.
So, where do international assignments tend to fail? About 80% of assignees relocate with their partner or family, and it is often their inability to adapt to the new environment that leads to failure. However, we have found that these problems can frequently be prevented. The key lies in preparing the whole family adequately at each stage of the move.
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