Sri Lanka: Religious Division
Growing tensions between the militant Buddhist groups and Muslim community led to violent riots in Sri Lanka in March.
Expert Interview: Dr. Michael Häupl, Mayor of Vienna
Vienna mayor Michael Häupl discusses the city’s accomplishments and challenges and key decisions he has made.
Attracting and Retaining Globally Mobile Talent – 6 Things I Learned
From targeting specific talent groups to managing their mobility brand, here are tips from companies that excel at managing their global talent pool.
Quality of Living Trends: 20 Years Later
Despite the relative stability of most locations, there are notable instances of cities climbing the ranking in the past two decades.
A Spotlight on Worldwide Quality of Living Data Usage
Quality of living data and reports are valuable tools for global HR professionals and municipalities. Learn all about their benefits here.
Expert Interview Series: Khoo Teng Chye
Executive Director of the Centre for Liveable Cities discusses how Singapore came to have one of the highest living standards in the world.
RFP Administration for Relocation Management Companies: 5 Critical Steps to Take
To help with your global employee relocations, follow these steps to optimize the RFPs you send to relocation management companies.
US Tax Reform: Mobility Policy and Program Considerations
Recent US tax reform has brought changes for mobility programs. We discuss them here, plus results from our survey of corporate response.
Venezuela: Currency Devaluation, Living Conditions Worsen
The Venezuelan crises worsens daily, with food shortages and escalating crime, and another currency devaluation in February.
Jeddah and Riyadh: Severe Sandstorms
Massive sandstorms closed schools, disrupted traffic, and cause health concerns.
Nuku'alofa, Tonga: Cyclone Damage
Cyclone Gita damaged buildings, brought flooding, and caused disruptions in the water and electricity supplies.
Tehran: Sectarian Protest and Violence
Protesters clashed with police, resulting in numerous deaths, injuries, and arrests.
Two Minutes to Understand Why Expatriate Gender Diversity Matters (and Do Something about It)
The gender imbalance in international assignments poses a challenge for strategic talent management, but we can start to change it now.
Practical Mobility Management: Compensation Tips for Long-Term Assignments
Managing a globally mobile workforce means juggling compensation approaches and segmenting mobility policies. Here are the key areas to focus on.
Expatriate Security Matters: The 2018 Munich Security Conference
2018 faces major risks and uncertainties for expatriates, amid tense international politics and numerous regional crises.
Luanda: Kwanza Devaluation
In January, Angola unpegged its currency to the USD. As exchange rates level, the cost of imported goods may rise, leading to higher expenses for expatriates.
Expert Interview Series: Yvonne Sonsino
As the Innovation Leader of Mercer's EuroPac region, Yvonne Sonsino advises companies on strategic succession planning and the perils of ignoring ageing workforce issues.
South and East Asia: Air Pollution
The onset of dry season has amplified existing pollution factors throughout the region.
Baghdad: Suicide Bombings
Two separate bombing incidents caused dozens of deaths and injuries, with no group claiming responsibility.
Western Europe: Winter Storm Damage
A severe storm in January caused damage, accidents, and travel delays in several major cities in the region.
Kinshasa: Flooding and Landslides
Flooding and landslides killed 50 and destroyed more than 450 homes.
Tunisia: Economic Protests
Protests in January against newly enacted austerity measures led to 700 arrests and one death.
Cape Town: Water Rationing
A prolonged drought in the city and surrounding areas has led to limits on water consumption, and the situation could get worse.
Mobility Matters in Davos
The World Economic Forum in Davos focuses on major global trends. Talent mobility is both subject to these trends and a way to meet their challenges.
Practical Mobility Management: What Could Go Wrong?
Here we discuss 8 common misconceptions and issues that can cause problems for mobility programs and make the job of mobility managers more difficult.
Expatriates in Hardship Locations: Dealing with Emergencies
Important things for mobility program managers to bear in mind when dealing with emergencies and hardship locations in general.
US Tax Changes
With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill Act signed into law, the IRS will release withholding guidance in January with plans to implement changes in February.
Nine Mobility Management Resolutions for 2018
Action points for 2018 to help mobility program managers stay on top of the dynamic and strategic field of global talent management.
Video: Sigrid Nauwelaerts of Johnson & Johnson
Sigrid Nauwelaerts comments on Johnson & Johnson's introduction of greater policy flexibility and its initiatives for meeting talent management challenges.
Implementation of VAT across the GCC
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will implement a VAT beginning January 2018 with full implementation by January 2019.