90 days or five years? Gabi Dorner, Senior Manager at PwC Global Mobility Consulting (PwC), knows that the duration of an assignment always depends on its purpose and the manager’s family situation The Ibero-Romanist has been responsible for the “German Global Mobility Consulting” team of the auditing and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2015. She is specialized in consulting services for international assignment policies, process optimization and reward topics. As part of her guest lecture “International Assignments Policies from classic approach to modern flexible options” in the business elective course “International Human Resource Management” by Prof. Dr. Ihar Sahakiants, she presented to our Master students key strategies for expatriate management.
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The “German Global Mobility Consulting” team is the central point of contact for companies wishing to assign their employees to a foreign country for a fixed period of time. In most cases, the employees would not only gain competencies but also benefit from many extras. “The expatriates receive their usual salary and bonuses through the so-called “home country-based remuneration approach”. This simplifies, among other things, their reintegration after the termination of the foreign assignment,” reported Gabi Dorner.
Assignment management for employees and family
The Senior Manager also emphasized the effects of such an assignment on families. “As a mother of three children, I understand why some employees with children are reluctant to spend a longer period abroad. We therefore recommend our customers to offer comprehensive support for longer assignments: Regular flights to the home country, childcare and a training budget for the spouse are taken over by the assigning companies, depending on the remuneration package,” says Gabi Dorner. She finally gave the students her four best tips for successful expatriate management: “Give employees a sense of security and be transparent about processes and regulations. Pay attention to the personal needs of the employee and take into account current market trends that could be relevant for employee development”.