Diversity and Inclusion as a Global Mobility Policy

This article originally appeared in The RES Forum Annual Report 2018.

Global Mobility is innately an advocate for diversity. We move people all over the world to increase business intelligence, global mindsets, and diversity of thought. We encourage and advocate for cultural competence when we send expats to a foreign country. However, how often are we aligning with diversity and inclusion leaders to achieve the strategic goals for the company?

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by Melanie Klaschka

How GDPR affects global mobility

What is GDPR?

Enacted in 2016 – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an European Union law that creates stricter laws around the collection, use and distribution of personal data relating to European citizens and residents.

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by Helio DeAndrade

How do you measure the effectiveness of your mobility program?

measuring mobility.jpgAt this year's Employee Relocation Council Global Workforce Symposium in Chicago, Lexicon® Relocation asked attendees to share with us their strategies on how they measure the effectiveness of their mobility programs.

Transferee satisfaction: 42% of respondents felt that an employee survey provided the best measure of success of a mobility program.
It is no surprise that the traditional measurement of 'noise' surrounding an employee's relocation experience is still a barometer for determining the effectiveness of a mobility program. Global mobility and HR professionals often span multiple roles in conjunction with managing an RMC and their program. When customer satisfaction is low and noise is high, it adds to the workload of the HR team.

Technology and data analytics: 29% of surveyed visitors expressed they needed or were interested in learning more about technology tools to gather data on their programs.
The industry continues to look for the appropriate technology to collect, analyze and report data. HR professionals are eager to find data and predictive analytics tools that will enable them to define the most successful profile of an assignee, understand trends to enhance program objectives and leverage data for accurate forecasting.

ROI and retention rates: 17% of respondents indicated employee ROI and retention rates were a primary factor in determining success.
More and more, HR professionals are looking for the right formula on how to best identify key metrics needed to effectively measure ROI on employee assignments. While meeting business needs and hidden costs were identified as two metrics, the industry continues to narrow its focus on talent retention during and after assignments.

Achieve business objectives: 12% of those surveyed indicated that meeting corporate objectives was their primary focus for measurement.
Only a small percentage of those who responded expressed this as the primary method of measuring their program. However, almost all participants indicated the most successful programs were those where the global mobility function was acutely aligned to the growth and financial goals of the company.

There is no uncertainty in the fact that global mobility is on the rise. Effectively defining the right metrics for your organization is key to the success of any mobility program. The fact of the matter is, there is no one-size fits all formula. It takes the appropriate combination of the above measurements and aligning them with your culture, to prove ROI and meet business objectives.

If you’re interested in learning more about how Lexicon Relocation works in tandem with mobility professionals to assist in developing the best formula to measure your programs, contact us today.

Thank you to all those who participated and we look forward to seeing you next year in Seattle.
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by Michelle Dopps

Impact of H-1B Changes on Global Mobility

AdobeStock_95745197.jpegUpcoming changes to the H-1B visa program may pose new challenges to global mobility across industry lines.  The tech industry is expected to be most impacted due to the significant portion of its talent pool coming from abroad, with India accounting for approximately 70% of all H-1B visa workers.

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by Helio Ferreira DeAndrade & Pam J. Buchanan

Why Global Network Integration?

frayed_rope.jpgFrequently, I am asked why my department is called Global Network Integration instead of Supply Chain Management.  The use of the term ‘integration’ is essential to how we see our supplier network.  Suppliers and the services they provide are interwoven into everything we do.  Our suppliers are an on the ground representation of Lexicon Relocation.  How they fit into our culture, and how we work with and treat each other is as important as the services they deliver.

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by Craig Donovan

4 Key Areas Global Mobility and HR Professionals Must Understand to Unlock the C-Suite

Mastering Mobility Economics introductionSucceeding in the world of global mobility means more than just completing all of the items on your to-do list. If you understand the big picture, you can accomplish more and make an even more substantial difference to your company’s success. This requires in-depth knowledge of mobility’s key drivers and how those issues affect the industry and your organization.

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by Michelle Dopps

Brexit and Global Mobility: What You and Your Employees Need to Know

Brexit and global mobility The U.K. vote to leave the European Union has sent shock waves around the world and taken both the U.K. and the EU into wholly uncharted territory. This leaves global mobility professionals, especially those of you with employees or business in the U.K. and other European countries, wondering what lies ahead.

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by Michelle Dopps

What Global Mobility Professionals Need to Know about the New EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

EU-U.S. Privacy ShieldImportant news alert for those of us in the global mobility world! Yesterday, the European Commission formally approved the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. This agreement covers thorough and enforceable protections for EU citizens’ personal data. You should be aware of what this means practically for you and your company, especially if you have any EU-U.S. employee mobility.

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by Michelle Dopps

Home Sale Pitfalls to Avoid for Successful Employee Relocations

Home sale pitfalls to avoid for relocation successWith the summer upon us, the strongest time of year to sell homes in many U.S. markets is here. School is out, and many of your employees are likely choosing to sell their homes now so that they can move before the start of the new school year. However, there are some pitfalls to be aware of that could delay your employees’ relocations. Make sure you’re paying attention to these areas:

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by Michelle Dopps