The Pros and Cons of Hiring Expats

As business becomes increasingly global, many companies turn toward relocating their own employees to new foreign offices rather than try to hire local workers. This could be for a variety of reasons, but the practice comes with both benefits and trade-offs.

In an article from Human Resources IQ, Martin Laird relied on his own experience to discuss both the pros and cons of utilizing expatriates to facilitate international growth. Some of the highlights:

Local workers simply are not familiar with your existing corporate culture and ways of work. The growing pains of a local worker learning the ropes can be mitigated with an expat employee from home.

A limited local talent pool, particularly in your industry, can make local hiring as expensive as relocating an employee. If the pool is shallow, good workers are naturally more expensive.

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