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Average Number of Women Assignees Reported by Companies

hands up for assignments, promotions, and other
things," says Cornell.
FROM AN ASSIGNEE'S POINT OF VIEW
Fiona Tsui, a former assignee and senior adviser,
compensation, human resources, facilities, and
office services, at CPP Investment Board, agrees
that getting the word out about available international assignments more often-and sharing
stories of those women who successfully go on
assignment-can inspire, motivate, and be the key
to getting more women to raise their hands for
opportunities like these.
"Uncertainty is one of the things that discourage
people from putting their hand up to say, 'I do want
to take this opportunity and try.'... It's good for companies to advertise the type of programs they have to
support women, and their employees in general, who
go on assignment. I think it would entice people to
go," she says.
Tsui, a millennial, was excited for the opportunity
to go to Hong Kong for three months, while her
spouse stayed in Toronto. For her, this wasn't just an
opportunity to advance her skill set and grow in her
career, but it was also a chance for her to experience
work life in her country of origin.
Post-assignment, Tsui says she now looks at
things with a different lens and cultural perspective, which she shares with her team back in
Toronto. Her best advice to females interested in
working overseas is this: "Have an open mind, and
communicate your interest with your manager,
so if there is something in the pipeline that the

company is planning, they are aware that you are
interested in an opportunity to go abroad. Also
talk to your family about it, and early, so you are
prepared when the opportunity is available."
For Barbara Lam, senior manager, global mobility,
Asia-Pacific, for Avery Dennison Corp., not only
does she work in corporate mobility, but she also has
firsthand experience as a female assignee.
In late 2001, when Lam worked for a previous company, she had the opportunity to go on an assignment
from Hong Kong to the Philippines for two years.
This assignment gave Lam a different perspective
on global mobility, which she is now able to apply to
Avery Dennison's program.
"Under our global mobility program, we took
development, opportunity, and flexibility to ensure
a good work-life balance for our employees. While
it's not specifically designed for women, it could
be the reason that more women go on assignment,"
explains Lam.
After her assignment, Lam relocated to the
U.K. for almost four years and is now living and
working in Hong Kong again. According to Lam,
her experiences have shaped who she has become,
personally and professionally.
THE COMPANY VIEW
At CPP Investment Board, Cornell explains, some
regions provide shared cost or discount pricing for
day care. Their global policies include parental leave,
family leave, shared parental leave, time away from
work, and flex work-critical benefits that support
the whole family.

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