Keep your expats engaged.
According to new research from Kenexa Research Institute, expatriates are a bigger "flight risk" than non-expats. More than 50% of expats seriously think about leaving their current organization within the year. This may be because they tend to see their relationship with their employer as project- or task-oriented - when the assignment objective has been reached, the expat considers whether to re-engage or seek employment elsewhere, Kenexa concludes.
However, it may be due to a rocky repatriation process -- how an expat is folded back into meaningful work after a long term overseas. A recent EBN report and podcast cover how to select the best expat candidates and effectively handle repatriation.
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