Global Mobilty

Opportunity to create Unity

Opportunity to create Unity
Alchemy Admin, March 26, 2020

There is a question that many of us have and are asking ourselves right now - How can I make a difference?

With hundreds of thousands of people sitting behind closed doors across the globe, we have all been inspired to witness many kind, generous acts, innovative new ways of connecting with each other, and individuals stepping up in a time of need across our communities and our countries.  

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Will an international assignment help or hinder your career? The pros and cons

Will an international assignment help or hinder your career? The pros and cons
Katie Smith, January 28, 2020

We are constantly hearing and reading about the benefits of accepting an international assignment for work... But is disrupting your life to such a degree worth it? Are there genuinely career boosting leaps to be made as a result of the relocation process? I’m looking at the positives and negatives of international assignments and the resulting impact on your life and career.

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AI + Global Mobility

AI + Global Mobility
Mourelle Josiah-Wong, October 8, 2019

What can tip the scales of success or failure for an international assignment does not necessarily depend entirely on the assignee. There’s an overwhelming amount of data and information that needs to be processed, usually by a network of different people specialising in one specific field, all relying on each other to successfully complete their part. Under any circumstances having a chain of people efficiently complete a task will take some time, so what can be done to effectively meet the increasing demands required in Global Mobility?

This is where the exciting part begins, the implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with an inhuman capacity to crunch numbers, unabatedly learn, predict and follow through with global mobility requirements may be set to revolutionise the industry.

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Lump Sum Global Mobility Policies

Lump Sum Global Mobility Policies
Sophie Watkins, September 9, 2019

Introduction

Lump sum policies have been around for a while in the global mobility world and are certainly not the most glamorous sounding option. On the face of it, it sounds like a simple process. The assignee is given a set amount of money by their employer, which is to be used to cover expenses involved in the relocation process.

The amount of money depends on a number of factors, including seniority level of the employee, household size of the relocating employee, and the destination/distance of the relocation. The employee is usually responsible for organising the relocation services required themselves. So far, so simple – but what are the benefits, and pitfalls of this type of policy?

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International Assignments: Opportunities for Women

International Assignments: Opportunities for Women
Katie Smith, July 31, 2019

Early/Mid-2000s

While expatriation is an exciting challenge, it can also bring with it a wealth of challenges – some of which can, unfortunately, be linked with assignee gender. Even as recently as the early/mid-2000s ERC reports dictated that most international assignments at that time were typically completed by older males, moving from Western to Eastern cultures. Comparatively these days, there are more opportunities to travel from East to West in-line with increasing demands for skilled labour in the West.  

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What is Reverse Culture Shock?

What is Reverse Culture Shock?
Sophie Watkins, April 26, 2019

Returning home

When going on an international assignment, culture-shock in a new country is a very common, even expected, part of the process. Many employers are aware of this and make provisions for their employees, such as ‘look-see’ trips prior to assignments, and cultural training to help combat feeling out of place in their new home. But what about when the assignment is over? Coming home may be thought of as an easy process, however in reality this is often not the case.

This phenomenon, known as reverse culture shock, is experienced by many assignees who find returning home just as difficult, if not more so, than leaving in the first place. After the initial high of returning to your family, friends and ‘old’ life, various negative emotions can rise to the surface.

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How to boost your Global Mobility knowledge and experience

How to boost your Global Mobility knowledge and experience
Amber Pittard, March 27, 2019

With laws and legislations forever changing across the globe, I wanted to take a look at how Global Mobility and HR professionals can boost their own personal Global Mobility knowledge and experience whilst also keeping their global mobility program competitive and relevant (whilst ensuring compliance and retaining talent). To find out how read on...

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Core-Flex Global Mobility Policies

Core-Flex Global Mobility Policies
Sophie Watkins, February 26, 2019

Core-flex policies

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion and interest around 'core-flex' policies as a popular choice amongst global mobility professionals. Recent statistics from Graebel Companies Inc.’s insideMOBILITY Global Mobility Summit survey, indicated that of the participants that did not already have core-flex policies in place, 27% were planning to implement them soon.

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Global Mobility Trends of 2019

Global Mobility Trends of 2019
Sofie Finemore, January 25, 2019

Top Trends

Global Mobility has become an essential factor in a company’s development and can prove invaluable for both the individual on assignment and the company itself. However, in such a fast-paced industry it is important for a company to adapt to the latest global mobility trends if they wish to thrive. Here are some of the top trend’s companies should be anticipating for 2019...

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Unusual Christmas Traditions to learn when Relocating

Unusual Christmas Traditions to learn when Relocating
Sophie Watkins, December 14, 2018

Here in the UK, Christmas means putting up the tree, hanging up your stockings, and tucking into turkey on Christmas Day. However, this is not the case elsewhere in the world. If you are thinking of relocating to a new country, and spending the festive period overseas, why not take the time to learn some local Christmas traditions? From Goats, to Witches to Fried Chicken, here are some of the more unusual Christmas time traditions from around the globe!

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Data & Technology in Global Mobility

Data & Technology in Global Mobility
Katie Smith, November 2, 2018

Ahead of The Global Mobility Executive Roundtable…

Global Mobility Pressures

Global Mobility is subject to rapid and frequent change. International HR and Global Mobility teams are consistently being asked to reduce costs; as international business presents an increased need for a mobile and diverse workforce, mobility policies become progressively complex. A good way of addressing this is the open sharing of information between individuals and organisations within the sector. Information sharing encourages connection and collaboration between professionals, which can result in important new findings regarding issues and solutions within the field.

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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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Are you considering pre-assignment health screening for expatriates?

Are you considering pre-assignment health screening for expatriates?
Laura Cardy, August 21, 2018

Sending staff on assignment can be very expensive, therefore companies want to ensure they are providing the best chance of assignment success. Unfortunately, international assignments regularly fail due to several common factors including a lack of support, health concerns and culture shock. Focusing on health concerns, companies are establishing ways to combat this problem…One solution could be a pre-assignment health check.

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Shaping future Global Mobility developments

Shaping future Global Mobility developments
Amber Pittard, July 20, 2018

Each year, multiple organisations run various research projects, reaching out to hundreds of companies to put together detailed reports of trends within the Global Mobility industry. Having recently read AIRINC’s latest “2018 Mobility Outlook Survey”, I was surprised and intrigued by many of the responses relating to how companies manage and track their globally mobile workforce.

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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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GDPR & Global Mobility: A Short Summary

GDPR & Global Mobility: A Short Summary
Katie Smith, March 21, 2018

GDPR: What is it?

The General Data Protection Regulation is a piece of legislation introduced by the European Parliament with the aim of giving individual data subjects more control over their personal data. Organisations will gain express permission to store data, explaining why it is required and for how long. Personal data refers to “any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person” and can be further categorised into special category data, which has additional protections.

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Is your Global Mobility programme millennial proof?

Is your Global Mobility programme millennial proof?
Katie Smith, February 21, 2018

All grown up!

There are no official start and end dates to denote an individual’s status as a millennial, but the internet broadly suggests that anybody born between the 1980s and late 2000s can be referenced as a millennial… Therefore, with some millennials now aged in their 20s and 30s, this demographic is very much a part of your present workforce.

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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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Why has the Global Mobility Job market slowed down in the UK?

Why has the Global Mobility Job market slowed down in the UK?
Chris Evans, September 25, 2017

Alchemy have been recruiting into the Global Mobility market now for enough years to have seen our fair share of hiring peaks and quiet times, nothing out of the ordinary. However, over the last 18 months the UK market specifically has seen a noticeable slowdown in traditional “In-house” Global Mobility roles becoming available.

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