Preparing U.S. Employees for Overseas Assignments

by Edward A. Bryant, (F.ASCE), Vice Pres.; Hazen and Sawyer Engrs., 360 Lexington Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 4, Pg. 311-315

Document Type: Journal Paper


Local bureaucracy, our governments' bureaucracy, and just plain lack of convenience cause overseas employees to be far less productive than in the United States. Yet, they cost about 50% more. If they are unhappy over there, their efficiency drops even more. This paper lists a number of ways to improve the chances of having a relatively satisfied overseas employee. The employee's attitude about going overseas, his preparation for going overseas, the employment agreement, and considerations regarding the spouse are examined.

Subject Headings: Employees | Local government | Agreements and treaties | United States

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