Culture & Languages

Assignee Experience vs. Assignment Success

Assignee Experience vs. Assignment Success
Sophie Watkins, September 20, 2018

Sending an employee on an International Assignment can be a costly experience for a business in terms of both time and money; particularly long-term assignments which can last for years. Various studies have shown that a significant number of assignments end in failure, but why? A key contributor to either success or disaster is the nature of the assignee experience – good or bad.

There are several ways to ensure that your assignee has a great expat experience…

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Immigration: An Increasing Challenge for Global Mobility

Immigration: An Increasing Challenge for Global Mobility
Katie Mooney, June 25, 2018

According to Cartus Corporation’s 2018 ‘Trends in Global Mobility: Biggest Challenges’ Survey, controlling the costs of assignments continues to be the most frequently mentioned challenge for global organisations. However, there has been a notable increase in concerns over immigration and the challenges immigration can cause. In fact, 70% of survey responders stated that immigration is a greater concern for their organisation than it was last year…

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What are the key benefits provided within a standard global mobility policy?

What are the key benefits provided within a standard global mobility policy?
Amber Pittard, May 24, 2018

Some organisations move as many as 2000 employees around the world each year.

Most companies have a standard policy per each assignment type including; Long term assignments, Short term assignments, Permanent Transfers and Business Travellers.

Here we take a look at the main benefits provided within a standard global mobility policy.

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Ten years of Global Mobility: Leading industry professionals reflect on the last decade

Ten years of Global Mobility: Leading industry professionals reflect on the last decade
Katie Smith, April 9, 2018

Alchemy has connected with two Vice Presidents operating within the specialist fields of Global Mobility & Relocations Services. These highly experienced senior professionals have industry tenures of more than a decade! Alchemy has had the opportunity to discuss the last ten years of Global Mobility with these two industry experts, reflecting on the on-going traditions, changes and predictions for the future of the industry.

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Want a Christmas to remember? Check out these unusual Christmas traditions!

Want a Christmas to remember? Check out these unusual Christmas traditions!
Chris Evans, December 20, 2017

Christmas is a widely celebrated holiday; however traditions vary depending on which country you find yourself in over the festive season. Here in the UK, you expect tinsel, brussel sprouts, and of course the Christmas Tree as obligatory festive necessities.

Alternatively, if you found yourself celebrating Yuletide in certain parts of South Africa you may come across excited children tucking in to deep fried caterpillars on Christmas day as part of their tradition!

Here are some other examples of other countries with very unique and special traditions…. 

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Thinking of relocating? Spare a moment to consider this…

Thinking of relocating? Spare a moment to consider this…
Chris Evans, October 24, 2017

As a global recruiter I am approached on a regular basis by candidates wanting to relocate overseas to pastures new. For some people it’s the lure of the job opportunity that comes first and location comes second, however for most relocating individuals I find that it’s the pull of new and exciting cultures and locations that takes centre stage.

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Cultural Fit in the Workplace

Cultural Fit in the Workplace
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, July 3, 2017

In any international workplace assignment that fails, most often the reason for failure is culture shock. Culture shock is essentially where the assignee finds themselves in a new culture that is so different from their own that they struggle to cope with daily life, and eventually have to terminate the assignment.

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Trump’s Immigration Order and Global Mobility

Trump’s Immigration Order and Global Mobility
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, May 31, 2017

Trump’s immigration order, which prevents entry to the United States from six predominantly Muslim nations including Iran, Libya and Syria, has had impacts across the world. Mostly affecting foreign nationals and their families, there have been highly publicized debates over the legality and ethics of this travel ban: many families have been fragmented and many more innocent people punished for the actions of a minority.

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