Why more expat workers say they’re happy with their jobs than those who stay local
Source | www.cnbc.com | 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.
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.”