May 17, 2016

How to Effectively Manage Short-Term Assignments

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How to Effectively Manage Short-Term Assignments

Employees taking on short-term assignments are expected to hit the ground running and produce quick results. Often, they are without their families in unfamiliar surroundings. Since 52% of respondents to Cartus’ Global Mobility Policy and Practices survey said that they expected the frequency of short-term assignments to increase, this is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away.

Relocation Drivers and Challenges for Short-Term Assignments

Kenneth Kwek, managing director for our Asia Pacific region, was quoted extensively in a recent HRM Asia article highlighting the top drivers and challenges of short-term assignments. Among the questions answered in the article include:

  • How do employees effectively manage their tax exposure while on a short-term assignment?
  • What are the typical assignment benefits provided for a short-term assignment?
  • What can you do to ensure that assignees feel like the assignment is part of their professional development, and that their experience will be utilized upon repatriation?
  • How do you ensure employee safety while travelling abroad?

Be sure to read the article to find out how you can help assignees make seamless transitions and thrive in their new roles.

Other Resources for Managing Short-Term Assignments

Download our Q&A with Cartus Consulting paper which answers questions received from our clients about short-term assignments and their role in today’s mobility programs.

We can help you sort through the typical policy structures and benefits associated with U.S. domestic temporary assignments and short-term international assignments. Please feel free to email me at if you’d like more information on managing your short-term assignments.

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Jennifer White

About Jennifer

Jen is a manager of Consulting Solutions, which supports clients and prospects in the areas of policy and program design, group moves, destination location research, and the development of customized mobility websites. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the global mobility industry, predominantly in global operations, account management, program implementation, and policy design. Jen earned her CRP and GMS designations from Worldwide ERC®, and she is a member of the Chicago Corporate Relocation Counsel (CRC) and Human Resource Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC).

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