International Assignment Failure Before Assignment Commences

There are steps that can be taken before the assignment begins that can help reduce the chances of international assignment failure.

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Sep 23, 2016
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Expatriate failure in this context refers to any delays, interruptions or premature ending of an assignment without meeting the planned business objectives.

There are steps that can be taken before the assignment begins that can help reduce the chances of international assignment failure, but first it is necessary to know the common reasons that an assignment may encounter difficulty pre-departure.

Common Reasons for International Assignment Failure: Before The Start of the Assignment

International assignment failure can occur due to employee reasons, company issues or host country challenges.

Pre-departure Drop Out by Employee

Employees assigned to a foreign country may have the intention to fulfill their role, but may be hindered by other factors. Problems with health, family disruption or even second thoughts about working abroad can lead an employee to drop out.

Delays in Starting the Assignment

Not every assignment goes as planned, and the official start date could be postponed for various reasons, adding to expense and preventing initiation of the assignment. Common reasons for delay include immigration and work permit issues, employee moving logistics, lack of resources or infrastructure in the assignment location or a timeframe that was too aggressive.

Host Country Issues

Problems can arise at any time in the host country that may delay or prevent an assignment altogether. Economic weakness, political disruptions and even security concerns may lead to cancellation of an assignment...Read more

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