September 4, 2018

Catching Up with the Terracotta Warriors on Short-Term Assignment

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Catching Up with the Terracotta Warriors on Short-Term Assignment

Did you know that the terracotta warriors—an army of life-sized terracotta warrior statues that secretly guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, before their discovery in 1974—are currently on short-term assignment in Liverpool, England? With two months left until their repatriation, Cartus takes a look at the how the terracotta warriors’ short-term assignment was handled.

Don’t stay in the dark over short-term assignments

Buried for over 2,000 years, these warriors had no idea they would be whisked off to the other side of the world. Unlike the chance discovery that revealed their secret, short-term assignments should be pre-planned rather than being rushed through.

Carefully crafted

Just as these life-sized soldiers were painstakingly shaped, a short-term assignment requires precise preparation, coordination, and execution. What do mobility teams need to consider? In this day and age, being armed with the right knowledge and tools for immigration and tax compliance is essential. Likewise, companies should consider how to tailor services appropriately for these shorter assignments.  

Fast integration

Obviously, a six-month project requires candidates to be able to hit the ground running. For the warriors, museum staff have worked together with construction and design teams to create a suitable environment for the warriors. For short-term assignments, cross-cultural and language training are key to raising awareness and adopting an appropriate communication style conducive to quick and successful integration.

If you want to find out more about Short-Term Assignment Policy Structure and Assignment Benefits, please visit the Resource Hub.

Should you have any questions about your own relocation program, your Cartus representative will be more than happy to help. Also, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at

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Leonard Bentley

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Leonard is a Senior Corporate Writer in our Marketing team and has been with Cartus since 2011. He is fluent in German and French and is based in our Swindon office.

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