COVID-19 and bonuses: taking care of employees and your bottom line
Some companies have been using targeted bonuses to meet various aims during the pandemic, but how do you provide these in a way that is sustainable and equitable?
Transforming global mobility: case studies
Here we look at three companies where processes and technology are transforming the mobility function.
Four essential concepts to understand current mobility practices
The evolution of mobility practices, the role of HR as talent broker, moving jobs to people, and the growing acceptance of virtual mobility offer a framework for understanding the state of global mobility.
Culture matters on virtual assignments: findings from RW3 CultureWizard’s latest survey
Working virtually across cultures presents significant challenges, according to a recent survey from Mercer's partner for cultural awareness and training.
COVID-19 crisis and talent mobility: diversity and inclusion
Here are six ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the need for companies to step up their diversity and inclusion efforts.
Expert Interview: H.E. Al Hamli, Secretary General of Dubai Competitiveness Office
In our latest expert interview, His Excellency H.E. Hani Al Hamli discusses Dubai’s successful improvement of its quality-of-living standards over the years.
Transforming global mobility: the journey toward optimization, automation, and business partnering
This point of view takes an in-depth look at the processes and technology transforming mobility across companies today.
Managing international employees working from anywhere, part 1: Redefining mobility
The nature of talent mobility has been steadily evolving for years, with the pandemic quickening the adoption of some changes. It's time for a fresh look at what talent mobility means.
Expert Interview: Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychala, Vice President of Gdynia
Ms. Gruszecka-Spychała details how Gdynia, Poland has remained a highly respected city with consistently a high-ranking standard of living.
Post-crisis talent redeployment: gap analysis
Cost-reduction efforts, changes in business models, and shifting globalization patterns will require new approaches from HR teams. Performing a detailed gap analysis can help.
COVID-19 and emerging ‘techknowledgy’ opportunities for mobility
As the effects of the global pandemic continue to mount, companies are being forced to reassess the use of technology to manage their mobility programs more effectively.
Assessing the assignee experience
How are employees on international assignments feeling about the experience, especially during a pandemic? The only way to find out is to ask them.
2020 buzzwords and what they tell us about mobility
The global pandemic shades this year's list of talent mobility buzzwords, but these trends were emerging well before the crisis.
Virtual assignments: cultural and inclusion issues
Cultural differences and biases can be barriers to success for any type of assignment. Let's look at the main issues and methods for overcoming them.
Restarting your mobility program
As companies look ahead to restarting their mobility programs, one thing is clear: it won't be mobility as usual.
Assessing the feasibility of virtual assignments: a checklist
How can you effectively use virtual assignments to meet global business development needs? Here are eight areas of focus to get you started.
Addressing the impact of exchange rate fluctuations on cost of living allowances
Recent volatility in currency markets has prompted international businesses to review their compensation adjustments for affected workers.
The rise of virtual assignments
Moving jobs to people is a new tool for companies to use in their global operations. Understand the pros and cons of virtual assignments, as well as the potential complications.
Managing hardship issues in a pandemic
Beyond the health risks for international assignees, the global epidemic has created many other quality-of-living issues for mobility managers to consider.
Managing cost-of-living issues in a pandemic
Cost-of-living allowances are always subject to change, but in times of crisis the swings can be dramatic. Let's look at what affects differentials and taking a balanced approach to implement them.
Talent mobility: looking ahead
The pandemic crisis is a chance to reflect on the talent mobility model, its effectiveness, and its contribution to the resilience and success of business over the long term.
COVID-19 update: foreign exchange volatility and COLA
Currency exchange rate volatility can cause hardship or windfalls for international assignees, depending how organizations respond to them. Here we explore the considerations before adjusting a cost-of-living premium.
Mercer's COVID-19 resources for employers
As the situation changes daily, Mercer is committed to helping employers respond to these unprecedented challenges with employer guides, articles, and surveys.
2 minutes to improve assignee wellbeing
Highly mobile employees can face many forms of stress. How can you design a support program, get support from managment, and engage the assignees themselves?
Here we explore implementing policy flexibility effectively, including the common types, pay packages, risk of excessive flexibility, and how to mitigate them.
Coronavirus outbreak: impact on expatriates in China
Measures to thwart the spread of the virus in China have affected the quality of living throughout the country, limiting transport options and the availability of goods and services.
Talent mobility: compensation dilemmas
Here are seven dilemmas highlighting the disconnection between new business realities and pay practices for mobile talent and the international workforce in general.
Global mobility management strategies for small- and medium-sized companies
Companies of all sizes face similar challenges in international HR, but the best way to meet them can vary. Here are tips to help smaller organizations find balanced solutions for their global staffing needs.
Global mobility policy flexibility in practice
Changes in assignment patterns and employee expectations are driving mobility programs to develop more flexible policies, but how exactly are companies handling this? The results of Mercer's recent survey offer some insights.
Talent mobility: essential tools and approaches for 2020
Drawing on management trends in the fields of project management, product development, IT, and marketing, HR teams are learning to be more agile, reactive, and responsive to employees. Here are five areas of development to focus on in 2020.