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HR experts learn lessons from research…

Submitted by on November 18, 2013 – 8:24 am |


Dr Liza Howe-Walsh, University of Portsmouth-HR experts learn lessons from research...A lack of understanding in how to treat staff returning from working overseas is at least partly responsible for many staff then leaving their jobs, according to an international HR experts.

Dr Liza Howe-Walsh, from the University of Portsmouth Business School Centre for Strategy and Leadership, presented her research findings to world leaders in the subject at the European Global Mobility Summit.

She was invited to speak at the summit because of her research examining the repatriation process within international banking, which included in-depth interviews of multiple stakeholders, repatriates, home and host line managers, home and host human resources practitioners and international human resources functions.

Dr Howe-Walsh said: “The research was undertaken in order to understand why so many people leave their organisation within 12 months of returning home after a period working for the company abroad.

 “I found a clear disparity in interpretation of HR policy and practice between stakeholders. The evidence also suggests that there is ambiguity as to who is responsible for the process, which directly affects returning employees.”

The summit was attended by more than 600 influential global mobility professionals, providers, consultants and experts across Europe, US and Asia, representing industries including HSBC, NatWest, Unilever, Mars, EY, KPMG, Bupa, GE Healthcare and Mercer.

Dr Howe-Walsh’s discussed the practical implications of repatriation of staff including the lack of clarity between the numerous stakeholders involved within the repatriation process over who was responsible for repatriation tasks.

Several delegates expressed an interest in the results and asked how they could make changes to their own global mobility policy to implement improvements to benefit their employees.

Dr Howe-Walsh said: “It was a really good event to be a part of and demonstrates the University of Portsmouth’s commitment to undertaking applied research which benefits practice.”


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