Tuesday saw a return of the Huddles and it was fantastic to see so many smiling faces, albeit virtually. Two Huddles in a day was madness for us! It wasn’t the original plan but alas, train strikes, so we did have to condense and adapt. Let’s just be grateful this wasn’t a GCSE exam and that we had an alternative option!
As always, a big thank you to everyone who attended, our corporate friends who presented, and of course our Partners!
This was the first time we got a taste of Vialto! Released from the shackles of audit client rules that restricted them as PwC, we heard a bit of what they are going to be about, followed by topical updates on remote working / work from anywhere, the end of COVID-related relaxations of tax and social security rules, and other important ‘2022 and beyond’ predictions.
We continued with huddle chats on DE&I, sustainability and dived deeper into a couple of remote working examples.
Viv from ERM took to the ‘hot seat’ next presenting an issue she’d like help from the room with: has anyone else had a tough time getting regional teams to use a global immigration provider instead of their local partner they’ve used for a while? Some very useful strategic advice came forth, so we look forward to hearing an update from Viv to see if she won her battle!
Then came the topic affecting us all in some way or another right now and that is the cost of living. Fantastic reminders from ECA on how things like a home-based balance sheet work so GM professionals are armed with answers when expats may expect more money in their pockets. Back to breakout rooms and we heard of creative examples to help employees such as more responsible pay rises in conjunction with one-off bonuses, flex benefits focussing on shopping discounts, or seminars on financial management.
Sounds good right? Watch out for this week’s EAR from your account manager for the detailed write-up. 😉