In today’s interconnected world, talent knows no borders. But for dual-careers couples, international assignments can be a beautiful waltz or a clumsy two-step, depending on the support they receive. AgileHRO understands the unique challenges and opportunities these couples face, and we’re here to help your organization attract, retain, and empower them on the global stage.

Challenges and Opportunities

Career roadblocks: 52% of partners in international assignments struggle to find suitable employment, leading to frustration and resentment. (Study by Permits Foundation) This “trailing spouse” syndrome not only impacts individual well-being but also increases the risk of assignment failure.

Visa hurdles: Restrictive work permit regulations in many countries further complicate matters. Only 30 countries currently offer open work permits for accompanying spouses/partners, creating unnecessary barriers to dual-career success. (Permits Foundation data)

Cultural adjustments: Adapting to a new environment, language, and professional landscape can be daunting for both partners. Lack of cultural sensitivity from employers can exacerbate the strain.

But amidst these challenges, lies a wealth of untapped potential:

Enhanced talent pool: By supporting dual careers, you attract a wider pool of highly skilled professionals who might otherwise decline international opportunities. A study by Mercer found that 70% of employees consider partner career support when evaluating international assignments.

Increased motivation and engagement: Happy, fulfilled partners make for happier, more engaged employees. Supporting their career pursuits leads to higher productivity, lower turnover, and greater commitment to your organization.

Global diversity and inclusion: When both partners thrive, you foster a more diverse and inclusive work environment, enriching your company culture and attracting top talent from around the world.

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Agile Steps for Employer Success

  1. Work permit advocacy: Partner with organizations like the Permits Foundation or AgileHRO to push for more flexible work permit policies for accompanying partners.

  2. Pre-assignment planning: Offer comprehensive career counseling and relocation support for both partners, including cultural sensitivity training and job search assistance.

  3. Remote work options: Embrace flexible work arrangements and remote opportunities to empower dual-career couples to balance professional aspirations with family needs.

  4. Dual-career networks: Facilitate connections between dual-career couples within your organization and provide access to peer support groups and mentors.
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Ready to Step Up Your Global Game?

AgileHRO offers a suite of resources and services tailored to support dual-career couples in your global workforce. From relocation assistance and cultural training to flexible work arrangements and talent development programs, we help you unlock the full potential of your mobile workforce.

  • Dive deeper into global relocation support: Visit our Global Mobility page to learn how we can smooth the transition for your employees and their families.
  • Boost employee engagement through flexible work options: Explore how Agile can help you to manage your flexible workforce with just one HR tool
  • Build a diverse andsocial responsible culture: Get inspired by our Social initiatives to create a welcoming and responsible  environment for everyone in your organization.

By embracing the challenges and opportunities of dual careers, you can attract and retain top talent, enhance employee engagement, and build a truly global workforce that thrives in the interconnected world. So, let’s ditch the two-step and embrace the global tango of dual-career success!

Remember, a happy and fulfilled workforce is a successful workforce. Contact AgileHRO today and let us help you navigate the steps to global talent synergy.