International

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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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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