Author Archives: Angie Weinberger

The Brexit Effect: How Global Mobility is Being Impacted in Europe and Beyond


Recent legislative and policy changes in many countries around the world seem to signal a global shift from an open market to a form of protectionism. Today, I would like to discuss what exactly this is and how it impacts everyone in Global Mobility, using the dreaded Brexit as an example. Before we delve into Brexit, let’s take a look first at how open market policies were and still are beneficial to Global Mobility. Open Markets and Free Trade It all boils down to the fact that free trade agreements specifically include concessions for mobility. Combined with reduced taxes and government programs to encourage foreign investments, this literally opened the door for GM professionals to successfully ply their trade in […]

Prevent Family Separation

Expat Spouse employment Bringing the family on board in global mobility Expat Family Support

Prevent Family Separation in Global Mobility Stop me if you have heard this before. Still, the general belief among people seems to be that separation rates among expatriates are higher than those among native (aka stay-at-home) professionals. I want to point out that this is not the case. The reality is that this idea comes from the fact that the impacts of family separations are much more significant. Consider the difficulty of handling separation and potential custody disputes through geographical boundaries. Discussion among multinational Global Mobility circles is centering on the issue of Dual-Career Expat Couples.  Why You Need To Care About This You may be wondering how their relationships and related problems impact businesses. The answer is simple:  People […]

Planning Cash Flow for Female Expats and Founders


Planning Cash Flow is not only critical; female expats, like anyone living abroad, may experience concerns about cash flow. The financial aspects of expatriate life can be complex and influenced by various factors. Here are some common considerations: 1 – Understand Currency Exchange Rates Fluctuations in currency exchange rates can impact the purchasing power of expats. Female expats may worry about how currency movements affect their income, savings, and overall financial stability. https://www.expat.hsbc.com/international-banking/what-makes-exchange-rates-move/ https://airshare.air-inc.com/do-changes-in-the-exchange-rate-used-to-calculate-the-cola-cause-the-assignee-to-lose/gain-purchasing-power 2 – Consider the Cost of Living in Zurich, Switzerland The cost of living in a new country can differ significantly from one’s home country. Female expats may be concerned about managing expenses within their budget, including housing, transportation, healthcare, and education. Zurich is one of […]

Avoiding Expatriate Failure

Family Separation

We discussed how family challenges and marital issues significantly impact the outcome of international assignments. We also saw that many companies list the Expat Spouse’s unhappiness as the primary cause of “Expatriate Failure,” highlighting the importance of the Expat Spouse and Partner career support programs.  We will discuss more extensively the kind of support you can give Dual-Career Expat Couples and why that matters. I have always advocated for Global Mobility Managers to involve Expat Spouses proactively. Sometimes I sound like a broken record, though. I reiterate what I’ve been repeating for years. The days of the passive “trailing spouse,” when they were marginally involved in any decision to move abroad, are gone. Most expats (mobile employees) actively involve their […]

Burnout in the Swiss Workplace


In the picturesque landscapes of Switzerland, known for its efficiency and quality of life, the issue of workplace burnout may seem paradoxical. However, the Swiss workplace is not immune to the global burnout epidemic, with employees facing high expectations, long working hours, and intense competition. We aim to illuminate the symptoms of burnout in the Swiss workplace and provide practical steps individuals can take to move forward and find a healthy work-life balance. Embarking on an expatriate journey is often portrayed as an exciting adventure, promising new experiences, cultures, and personal growth. However, beneath the surface of this exhilarating chapter in your life lies a lesser-explored aspect – the risk of expatriate burnout and trauma. When moving to the land […]