Club 100 Huddle: Bending Over Backwards in Mobility

Expat Academy Club 100 Huddle: Bending Over Backwards in Mobility It was an incredible feeling being back in the room at PwC where we last huddled in January 2020 and discussed the newly emerging hot topic of COVID. In some ways, it feels like a lifetime ago.

As the Club 100 community gathered, the buzz and energy (spurred on by coffee and cookies) was infectious as reconnections and new introductions were made. First up, each table shared their challenges and successes of the last year and despite all the obstacles encountered, it was an important exercise to stand back and reflect on all that has been achieved, not least:

  • An elevated role for Global Mobility and increased demand for educating employees and business
  • The opportunity to showcase the broad skill set of GM teams such as resilience and adaptability
  • The need to really get on top of remote worker issues
  • Increased flexibility in working patterns
  • The power to say no!

Challenges ranged from backlogs in immigration and delays on obtaining visas, to shortage of talent, increases in workload and the ever-changing role of a Global Mobility Professional tackling lots of new things.

PwC joined us for the second time this week with Iain McCluskey briefing the Club 100 Network on the acquisition of the Global Mobility Tax and Immigration Services’ business by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and resulting changes. Then, Alan, Ingrid and Jil led an immersive and engaging session on Sustainability and how Global Mobility can make an impact. Together, we enjoyed the opportunity to brainstorm and explore how the ‘Eliminate-Reduce-Raise-Create (ERRC) blue ocean strategy framework’ can be applied to mobility.

Ann and Ed from Colt Technologies brought the morning agenda nicely to a close by giving us an update on all they have been up to and how they’ve been tackling remote workers.

After lunch, the Expat Academy community demonstrated how brilliantly creative they are by drawing their idea of a Global Mobility superhero, complete with superpowers and skills. Perhaps some food for thought for future Global Mobility job descriptions…..?! Following this, Ema and Jacqueline from ECA delivered an interactive and insightful session, sharing stats and trends on how the pandemic has impacted traditional benefits provision and what is driving change.

Table discussions were prompted by member questions and started with remote workers and a debate around whether the associated issues are here to stay. Further topics included virtual assignments, displaced workers and DE&I. As always, the huddle session provided great opportunity to pick the brains of peers within the industry and most importantly, realise you are not alone!

The day drew to an end with the clink of glasses as we all networked over drinks. A huge thank you to all who joined us for this day of collaboration and connections. We look forward to seeing you all for the first Huddle of 2022 where we take a step back to look at the Global Mobility function’s strategy and focus for 2022. You can get in early by booking here.

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