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Keys to successful talent mobility

Thursday August 13, 2015 Written by  Retain Canada
A new report reveals the challenges that corporate mobility professionals face as they strategically plan for and implement employee transfers around the world.

Key findings from Brookfield Global Relocation Services’ 20th annual Global Mobility Trends Survey reports include:

  • A wide range of economic pressures confront multinational organizations, yet 88 per cent of respondents expect international assignments to increase or remain the same.
  • Primary challenges for mobility managers include the need to find cost efficiencies while delivering high levels of employee support, capturing the value realized from international assignments in order to establish the resulting ROI accruing to their employers, and meeting the needs of accompanying spouses/partners to pave the way for first-choice candidates to accept key assignments.
  • Mobility programs are becoming a vital element of broader talent management strategies and offer multinational employers an important dimension for recruiting, retaining and deploying the best people to help achieve their business goals.
  • Critical emerging markets present some of the most difficult assignment challenges. Respondents ranked China, Brazil and India as presenting the greatest challenges for both the assignee and the corporate mobility manager.

“This year’s results demonstrate that mobility has risen on the broader talent management and global business agenda, necessitating more strategic, collaborative and innovative partnerships between internal stakeholders as well as with their external partners,” said Traci Morris, president and chief executive officer for Brookfield GRS. “Mobility leaders are challenged to align business goals with the personal requirements of their mobile employees while navigating a changing and increasingly complex global economic landscape.”

Findings in the 2015 report are based on survey responses from global mobility and human resources professionals from 143 multinational companies, and represent an array of mobility program structures, industry sectors, and geographic markets.

Brookfield GRS has developed a microsite for the results. The site includes a data explorer that allows visitors to view and filter survey responses by region, industry and size. The full 2015 Global Mobility Trends Survey report can be dowloaded from the site.

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