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Publication date: 17 August 2010

Marshall Pattie, Marion M. White and Judy Tansky

The purpose of this paper is to examine the prevalence of repatriate support practices in organizations within the context of the current literature in this field of study.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the prevalence of repatriate support practices in organizations within the context of the current literature in this field of study.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 42 firms employing 3,234 expatriates were surveyed regarding human resource practices that support repatriation. Analysis focused on support practices as predictors of voluntary and involuntary turnover.

Findings

Results indicate that the majority of firms surveyed used two or fewer repatriate support practices. While 60 percent of firms offered logistical assistance, such as relocation services, less than 70 percent offered career and training support for repatriates. The most common cause of involuntary turnover is the lack of job openings in the home organization upon reentry, while the most common cause of voluntary turnover is the organization's poor utilization of the expatriate's skills acquired on the overseas assignment. Organizations with more support practices reported a lower average repatriate turnover compared to organizations with fewer support practices.

Practical implications

While previous literature suggests that repatriate support practices are critical, this research finds that few organizations are providing sufficient support to mitigate turnover.

Originality/value

In contrast to much of the research on repatriation that relies on individual perceptions, this paper utilizes organization level survey data provided by 42 firms that document their repatriate support practices.

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Career Development International, vol. 15 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1362-0436

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Publication date: 1 April 2002

Judy Gray and Heather Laidlaw

This study uses an empirical case study to examine the relationship between flexible work arrangements (whether employees work on a full‐time or part‐time basis) and one…

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This study uses an empirical case study to examine the relationship between flexible work arrangements (whether employees work on a full‐time or part‐time basis) and one aspect of employee relations, namely communication satisfaction. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected from employees in a major Australian retail organisation, resulting in 127 useable responses. The survey included the communication satisfaction questionnaire. Overall, respondents’ ratings of communication satisfaction indicated that at best they were only slightly satisfied. Part‐time employees were significantly more dissatisfied than full‐time employees on four dimensions of communication satisfaction. The study provides evidence that part‐time employees are outside mainstream communication in the stores examined. The implications of the results for employee relations are discussed. Future research directions are identified.

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Employee Relations, vol. 24 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0142-5455

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