Bite Size Briefing Goes Bananas

Expat Academy Bite Size Briefing Goes Bananas  As I loaded my pancake with banana and Nutella, it struck me that it had been a day of bananas.

Registration for our first Bite Size Briefing of the year had certainly gone bananas. Being at capacity was a lovely problem to have. But was the day time well spent? No need for our words. Yours say it all: “another great event and one of the best I’ve attended”, ”a lot of good and valuable learning points”, “great for networking”, “gave my company a few things to think about and implement”, “really friendly”, “a wonderful and insightful day”, “thought-provoking”, “well chosen range of topics”.

So what did we promise? As always, short, sharp technical training updates to increase GM knowledge and enhance professional development. New faces every time so plenty of break-time networking on offer (along with coffee, biscuits and er, bananas).

What did we deliver? The morning saw Learnlight share the three secrets to inclusive management, enabling us to link the importance of intercultural skills in managing global, diverse teams successfully. Topia then turned to policy, encouraging us to challenge the relevance of the traditional mobility policy. In doing so, we took a look at policies today, improving policies with data and adopting a flexible approach to policies. We moved on to a final session before lunch where BDO and Squire Patton Boggs helped us to explore the technical considerations for Short Term Business Travellers, namely tax, immigration and employment law.

After a delicious spread (thank you BDO!), the afternoon segments covered shadow payroll and ways in which to develop solutions, pull data and ultimately drive cost savings. Punter Southall gave an energetic insight into their Top 10 Banana Skins in International health and medical insurance and made us think about what could go wrong and why. (Surely not more bananas?! ). They suggested the number one slip up to be around lack of preparation before assignment. The final session of the day welcomed our panel of experienced members, unpeeling their ideas around how they manage their VIP assignees, AKA their top bananas. We heard that expectation setting is key, as is anticipating their needs and we looked at challenges experienced, together with thoughts around ROI.

Perhaps we were bananas for thinking we could fit so much in to the agenda. However, we’re glad you agree the diversity of topic has helped to give you a rounder knowledge of the various aspects that can touch GM.

When can we do it again? Same time, same place, 10th June. You’d be absolutely bananas to miss it.

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