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Overseas assignments can bolster a career by helping to
develop leadership skills and expand knowledge of a company's operations in a global business environment.
In fact, such assignments are the
best predictor for promotion and higher pay, according to a 2015 Mercer study.But although many women are willing to move abroad for their company, only a relatively small percentage are given the opportunity, according to research from BCG's Women on the Move: Shaping Leaders Through Overseas Posting released in May. The global management consulting group, headquartered in Boston with offices in 48 countries, took a fresh look at its findings from a 2014 survey it conducted with 203,756 people in 189 countries. About half of the respondents were women.Among the women surveyed, 55 percent said they are willing to move abroad for a job assignment; among that number, 44 percent were women in relationships and with children.
However, less than 30 percent of those willing to take such an assignment were given the opportunity;Among the men surveyed, less than 40 percent had that opportunity.
Make sure that lists of candidates for international assignments include a balanced number of men and women.
Offer logistical support for all employees who are taking an international post.
Develop a communication strategy.
Create opportunities for those who cannot relocate abroad.
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