Improving the odds on risky moves

What employers need to consider when sending staff to dangerous locations
By Tim Verbic
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/20/2007

Sending employees abroad has become, in recent years, more difficult in terms of the transit, the stay and the repatriation. Dangers, borne from political upheaval, economic instability and personal risks are making it tough for employees to perform their duties abroad and posing a challenge for HR departments in ensuring expatriates and their families are protected.

Relocation firms can offer employers best practices in policy development to mitigate the dangers faced by expatriates in high-risk countries. This includes identifying hardship factors both the employee and the employer should take into account when considering relocation to a foreign country. They include, but are not limited to: