You know that a global mobility strategy is critical for business success, but did you know that it also effects your organisations’ agility? A high performance global mobility program can help your business prepare for the future by being quick to adapt to change. Here’s why your global mobility program is crucial for agility.

Mobility and employee diversity

Employee diversity is an important factor in a business’s innovation and creativity. It’s the diversified perspectives of employees that create a strong knowledge base and quality insights. The way we work is also changing with globalisation affecting where, when and how we work. Global mobility programs need to be able to adapt to changing work dynamics to allow businesses to hire talent from anywhere in the world and allow them to work from anywhere in the world. This form of agility is what gives organisations a competitive advantage.

Agility and globalisation

For a business to be agile, they need to be global. Connectivity gives the world choice when it comes to business. Addressing global market developments requires quick thinking and adaptability on behalf of the business. Therefore, worldwide market requires businesses to leverage their agility to achieve business success on the global scale.

Employees expect mobility

Employees have now come to expect to receive international opportunities at some point in their career from their employers. Relocating employees around the world is simply part of working within the globalised market so having a reliable and successful global mobility program in place is crucial in attracting and retaining talent.

Combat automation

Much of the global workforce is expected to be automated in the next few decades. That means that workers around the world will need to develop new skills and change their roles. This requires relocation. Having a successful global mobility program in place now allows companies to adapt to these changes as they occur. An agile business can prepare for the impact automation is expected to have on recruitment, retention and development.

Being an agile company able to take on the challenges of talent diversity, globalisation and management is crucial for success in the future. To become agile requires a successful global mobility program. For help designing your successful mobility program, get in touch with Grace Mobility. We take the time to work with you to create a tailored program that adapts to change and provides the best relocation experience for your employees, helping to attract and retain talent.

Summary

The business and customers are forever changing their minds with policies to ensure demands are met for the evolving market.  Policies are unlikely to meet all the changing needs of the business.  Providing an agile policy is one way of being able to achieve agility.  However agility can refer to many things as mentioned above:

  • Resourcing – talent management – find the suitable talent for international mobility
  • Policies – providing flexibility
  • Technology – software development/process improvement

Global Mobility functions need to embrace new ways of working, applying continuous learning and looking how they collaborate with the wider business to ensure increased responsiveness.    They need to move quickly, provide flexibility and act decisively providing cost effective solutions.

With today’s new generation of talent there is an expectation of faster career development.  HR are facing pressures to provide agile policies.  Global Mobility Functions should be working alongside HR Functions to ensure consistency in the message being delivered across all policies.  Continuous updates should be made to ensure your mobility policy fits amongst the most recent changes.

Whilst policies should be reviewed, the whole concept of agility is more than just policy.  A complete review should be taken on:

  • Policy Development – flexibility
  • Team – agile workflow in different fields – tax compensation, relocation, HR Tech = ensure you have a multidisciplinary team
  • Technology improvements – processes – providing faster approach and more cost effective solutions
  • Employee experience
  • Global Mobility Trends – ensure up to date information is applied to policies and strategy to provide a competitive advantage
  • Talent Programme – link to Mobility

Before rolling out a wide scale review of your mobility agility it might be an idea to pilot small scale applications with business groups ahead of a wider roll out to the business.