Initially a major buzzword, Global business is now a current reality for many organizations. In terms of deployment of human resources, what does this mean to organizations operating internationally? How do companies enhance the chances for success on international assignments? What is the impact on the organization of failed assignments? What are the primary Expat challenges, and how can companies mitigate these, while supporting their Expats and families? And what crucial role does an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) have to play in offering a suite of services – prior to, during, and after the assignment – to increase the probability of successful outcomes?
As a result of attending this session, attendees will be able to:
- Identify challenges, obstacles, risks to successful deployment on international assignment
- Identify strategies to mitigate risks and support Expats and their families
- Describe four crucial areas of EAP involvement to ensure successful completion of international assignments
Paul Wittes is a clinical social worker with a Master’s degree from the McGill University School of Social Work, and has been a leader in the EAP industry for over 25 years. He currently serves as Director, Global Partners, Trauma, Privacy for Morneau Shepell, Canada’s largest provider of domestic and international EAP services.
Paul brings his counselling skills in all modalities – In Person, Telephonic, E and Video – and experience with other digital innovations to his work with National and Global EAP clients and their employees. Previously, he has been a senior counsellor, trauma counsellor and Regional Clinical Manager responsible for various eastern Canadian clinical operations. In these capacities he has worked directly with thousands of EAP clients and hundreds of organizations.
Prior to his involvement in the EAP field, Paul worked in psychiatry and medicine in the Montreal hospital system. Paul has presented at numerous international EAP, Trauma and Expat conferences.