Anticipate expat crises instead of responding

By Bev Belisle and Wade Cuthbertson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/10/2003

September 11, 2001 drew human resources, relocation policy design and program administration into a new era.

While well-run international assignment programs have always included provisions for employee safety and security, there is a greater sense of danger and a need to ensure nothing is overlooked. More employers are looking at what can and should be done when managing their expatriates and families while on foreign assignment.

The terrorist attacks on the United States showed the world that no one is immune to the potential for terrorist activity. Many employers realized that not only were expats and families in traditionally dangerous locations, such as the Middle East, parts of Asia and South America in need of safety and security support, but also those deployed anywhere in the world — including the United States.