March 12, 2014
Another facet of smarter expat policies is more structured support for families. Industry studies cite spouse/partner issues as the No. 1 reason employees turn down overseas assignments, as well as a major reason for failed, shortened or unsatisfactory stints abroad. With dual-income families now the norm and with the growth in assignments to BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), which can pose challenging cultural adjustments, companies are paying more attention to families and work-life issues.