Making assumptions could most of the time be of great help when making a decision; intuition can perhaps be useful in anticipating potential scenarios but however it could be somewhat dangerous as well.
Hence, we’ve prepared a list of somewhat dangerous assumptions that could potentially lead to your assignee’s failure.
Experienced candidates are the only ones who should we invest in a global assignment
Your experienced candidates might be the ones that are most prepared for the job, but they might not be just the most motivated ones. Keep this in mind: 80% of millennials want to work abroad at least at one point in their careers
The spouse will be just FINE
67% cite families as the main concern when being repatriated. You need to give thought not just to the expats but also to their families’ needs and whether they are contempt with the situation
They’ll surely have a great time
Yes, that could be possible but most of the time, it doesn’t. Expat depression is a thing, and it is highly corelated to feelings of isolation. Don’t always assume they will be fine.
When they come back, they’ll fit right back in
Of course this fact is highly dependent on the length of the assignment but if the expat managed to create a life in the host country, they might not wish to come back. 38% of repatriates leave their job within a year of returning home. Further than this, with more experience they might set higher expectations from the current job.
They’ll surely keep in touch
Don’t ever leave the communication in the hands of the expat, solely. You need to have a communication strategy in place, a dedicated contact that will always keep the team updated.
In conclusion, it is quite easy to jump to assumptions especially when you are being pressured to make a decision. Intuition is a virtue but it could sometimes be dangerous. Always keep in mind potential risks and be prepared to deal with whatever comes your way.