How can you help your organization's expatriates succeed?

December 12, 2019

Bowling Green, Ohio December 12, 2019 - SIOP publishes white paper that explores how to promote your overseas workers' productivity and well-being.

The SIOP White Paper series organizes and summarizes important and timely topics in I-O psychology. The newest white paper, "Culture and Overseas Work: Expectations, Preparations, Coping; Return," focuses on the well-being of expatriates.

The term sojourners is broad and includes all kinds of overseas experiences, including work, study, migration, diplomacy, proselytizing, and tourism. Expatriates, the main focus of this paper, often categorized as corporate or self-initiated, the former group sent overseas by an employer, perhaps for several years, whereas the latter moves overseas to seek employment.

Companies send workers overseas with specific business goals that are best met by employees who adjust and perform well. Although it has proven difficult to estimate the prevalence of expat failure, the cost to a company of a failed overseas assignment is high. Expat failure is characterized by some combination of poor performance, lack of adjustment, and early return.

This white paper provides an overview of the experiences and challenges encountered by people who live and work outside of their home societies and introduces some of the solutions currently available to meet these challenges.

This white paper was written by SIOPers William K. Gabrenya and Yumiko Mochinushi. Dr. Gabrenya is a professor of cultural and social psychology at Florida Institute of Technology, USA. His research focuses primarily on culture competence, expatriate/repatriate adjustment, modernization processes, social stratification, and indigenous psychology movement. Dr. Mochinushi is an instructional assistant professor at Texas A&M University, having recently completed her doctorate in I-O psychology at Florida Tech. Her current research focuses on applicant faking on personality assessments and cross-cultural competence.

Read the new white paper on the SIOP website.
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About SIOP White Papers

The SIOP White Paper series organizes and summarizes important and timely topics in I-O psychology for business and HR professionals, members of the press, and interested individuals. SIOP White Papers are produced by three SIOP committees: International Affairs, Scientific Affairs, and Visibility. For more information about the SIOP white papers, click here: http://ow.ly/U0Jm50uo4xa

About the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology


The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is an international professional organization with an annual membership of more than 10,000 industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologists. SIOP's mission is to enhance human well-being and performance in organizational and work settings by promoting the science, practice, and teaching of I-O psychology. SIOP provides a platform for professionals to collaborate, implement, and evaluate solutions to workplace challenges. Visit SIOP at http://www.siop.org and follow us on Twitter at @SIOPtweets.

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