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Why more expat workers say they’re happy with their jobs than those who stay local

Source | | Jennifer Liu

Landing a new job out of the country may be the ticket to being happier at work.

That’s a main takeaway from MetLife’s recent U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study, which surveyed 2,675 full-time employees, 545 of whom are either U.S. citizens working abroad or people in the U.S. on a work visa or company-sponsored assignment.

The results show 91% of these expat workers who receive company benefits are satisfied with their jobs, compared to 73% of their colleagues who stay local. A similar share of expats say they’re committed to their organization’s goals, and they’re also more than twice as likely to recommend their company as a good place to work, compared to those who have stayed in their home countries.

Expats may value their employer more than resident workers, especially if the company is able to provide a source of stability and community for people in a new, unfamiliar country, the study says.

Indeed, 76% of expats say companies have a responsibility to provide financial security through employee benefits; 60% of non-international workers feel the same way.

Employees who work outside their home countries “lean on strong relationships with their employers to navigate work and life in a foreign country,” said Ann Deugo, vice president and head of MetLife Worldwide Benefits, in a release. “When the employer can make this a positive experience, these employees will reward their employer with increased loyalty, enthusiasm and commitment.”

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