How to boost your Global Mobility knowledge and experience
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...
Participate in industry surveys, reports and whitepapers
Multiple businesses (including Mercer, ECA International, AIRINC and HSBC) conduct annual surveys, reaching out to the Global Mobility industry seeking participants across a broad range of industries, varying company sizes and scales, policy and assignment types and assignee populations.
Once the data has been collected and analysed, a report is created and made readily available for download. These reports provide valuable insight for Global Mobility and HR professionals to highlight market trends and identify opportunities for improvement.
The Global Mobility industry may seem large however if you are in the sector you will know how niche it is. There are several recognised bodies for Global Mobility including the Worldwide ERC (WWERC) and Forum of Expatriate Management (FEM) which offer industry insights.
Throughout the year they hold various summits and conferences across the world (including the USA, APAC and Europe). Thousands of professionals from international locations attend in order to expand their industry knowledge and to gain a global overview of the market.
Most of the conferences provide opportunities to walk around an exhibit hall where you can speak with various leaders from a range of organisations to find out more information on their service offerings whether that be immigration, global mobility technology or temporary accommodation.
I have been fortunate enough to attend both the WWERC and FEM global conferences. I found value in the opportunity to meet with professionals face to face and build relationships whilst attending seminars and talks selected to boost my industry knowledge. I recommend both events.
Establish great relationships with vendors
Your vendors can help you create and/or amend your current global mobility policies. Establishing great relationships with your vendors allows them to have a full understanding of your business enabling them to offer support and guidance that is specific to your individual business needs.
Participate in roundtable events
Roundtable events offer Global Mobility and HR professionals a chance to get together and discuss pre-set topics to share their opinions and experience. This provides a great opportunity to learn about other organisations global mobility offerings, challenges and solutions that could be useful to implement in your own global mobility program.
Can you suggest any other routes for Global Mobility professionals to boost their industry knowledge and experience? Please feel free to share your ideas!
Written by Amber Pittard – Global Account Manager – Global Mobility & Expatriate Services at Alchemy Recruitment Ltd.