Are employees making the right connections?
When it comes to the expat, engagement is really all about the connection they feel with their host organisation, as demonstrated by their willingness and ability to help their host company succeed; largely by providing discretionary effort on a sustained basis. It also takes into account the rational part of the engagement equation - how employees connect with their host company’s goals and values - and their emotional connection; such as the employee’s pride in the host organisation.
Our research shows that engagement among expats is particularly high; 92% agree with the goals and objectives of their host organisation, 84% would recommend their host organisation as a good place to work and 97% would be willing to offer discretionary effort to help their host organisation succeed. These scores outperform those of non-expats in similar positions in their home organisations.
The drivers of engagement among expats include a recognition of personal contribution, cooperation and teamwork, an adequate use of the expat’s skills and competencies, and good communication – all with the host organisation and its line management.