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Motivated by the Challenge, Employees Aren't Shying from Overseas Assignments

June 9, 2004
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Pay isn't the number-one motivator that encourages employees to accept an international assignment, and conflicts in foreign countries don't deter them.

A pay increase has little influence over whether an employee takes an overseas assignment, according to a new study.

Cendant Mobility finds that "only about two percent of executives surveyed rank compensation as their top motivator and even fewer rank benefits as a top reason." The top reason people gave for working overseas was an interesting challenge (27 percent).

Cendant Mobility did the study with the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University. It was co-sponsored by the SHRM Global Forum.

The survey also found that only 13 percent of respondents report they would refuse a future assignment due to world events.

For more information on placing employees on overseas assignments during wartime, see the article "Dangerous Business."

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