Development Format – Expatriates and Impatriates

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Living and working abroad – the globalization of work requires intercultural personnel development. The number of assignments from home to abroad (expatriates) and vice versa from abroad to home (impatriates) continues to increase. This is a highly complex issue, the implementation of which not only challenges organizations, but also those affected themselves – the delegates and their families.

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In most cases, the phenomenon of cultural shock occurs, which can affect expatriates and family members abroad, but can also have a more or less severe impact when they return to their home country. While the delegate has to live with cultural diversity and work between cultures on a daily basis, the partner often struggles with loneliness, a abandoned career, the construction of a new home and the search for a new identity. The children, in turn, have to find their way in a new school environment and build up a new circle of friends.

The development format Ex/Impatriates comprises a continuous monitoring of the delegate and the family members, starting from the time of the preparation of the assignment up to the return and re-integration into the home country, with the aim of making the assignment more successful for all parties involved. This increases the effectiveness of international assignments and the ROI for the company. An assignment abroad is always a high investment for a company – I support companies in making this investment worthwhile and I professionally accompany expatriates on their assignment abroad. A consulting project for a posting abroad would therefore amount to about 1-2% of the assignment costs, while the high costs that can arise from an unsuccessful assignment would stand in contrast.

Impatriates can also be accompanied and advised locally and, in most cases, even in their mother tongue, which significantly increases the success of the coaching. Through my very personal experience of living and working abroad, I can convey what it feels like to be abroad and what can be expected of the people concerned.