Managing international foreign hires
The pandemic increased interest in foreign hires for international assignments. Explore the approaches to hiring foreign employees for permanent overseas assignments and see our recommendations for acquiring and retaining them.
2021 buzzwords and what they tell us about mobility
Only time will tell if the buzz around equity, sustainability, and working from anywhere will translate into effective talent mobility practices, but the transformation is underway.
Virtual international assignments: making sense of a confusing debate
When dealing with international remote working, the list of potential issues is considerable. These five points can help you get going on the most critical ones.
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.
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.
Here we explore implementing policy flexibility effectively, including the common types, pay packages, risk of excessive flexibility, and how to mitigate them.
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.
Flexible talent mobility policies
As talent mobility evolves, policy flexibility has become key to international HR management. Learn how it affects your global workforce and how you can use it to your advantage.
2019 talent mobility buzzwords and current mobility practices
Drawing from our consultants' conversations with clients, here are nine terms creating a buzz in the talent mobility profession, and why.
Talent Mobility Spotlight: Rotator Assignments
Rotator assignments are a unique work arrangement critical for meeting staffing needs in such industries as energy and mining. Find out how companies are handling them, featuring highlights from our recent survey.
Balancing Assignment Flexibility with Duty of Care
Balancing flexible assignments with duty-of-care obligations is a complex yet vital undertaking. Here are some tips and pointers for accomplishing this task.
Two Minutes to Introduce More Flexibility in Your Talent Mobility Program
How flexible can a company be without jeopardizing the consistency of its mobility program? Let's take a quick look at the possibilities.
Two Minutes to Understand Talent Mobility Policy Segmentation
Implementing a segmented mobility policy can increase the effectiveness of a mobility program, but a segmentation approach needs to be aligned with business objectives and avoid unnecessary complexities.
Best Practices for Your Mobility Policies
Manage assignment compensation, overcome talent mobility barriers, take mobility trends into account, and more.
2017 Talent Mobility Buzzwords and Current Mobility Practices
Buzzwords tell us about mobility developments and how companies perceive and address new challenges. Here we foray into the jargon jungle to understand trends.
Managing Mobility Policy Exceptions
Exceptions to mobility program policy remain a necessary option, but they can be managed. Keeping these tips in mind may save headaches and money.
Exploring Alternatives: Local Plus and Permanent Moves
As companies look to permanent transfers as alternatives to long-term assignments, complications arise. Local plus pay packages can mitigate the problems.
New Trends Reshaping Expatriate Compensation and Mobility Policies
A look at the global mobility landscape, myths of expatriation, and how employers should restructure policies and compensation to reflect new realities.
Expatriate Management in Asia
Overview of expatriate management in the region and in particular the increasingly blurred boundaries between local and expat remuneration approaches.
Expatriate Policy Segmentation
One way to balance expatriation costs and global development is segmenting assignments and redistributing budgets according to which provide the greatest value.
Cost Containment: Revising Global Expatriate Policies Without Sacrificing Performance
Trends in costs associated with international assignments, ways spending can be reduced, employee expectation managed, but effectiveness maintained.
Expert Interview Series: Anne Rossier-Renaud
Anne Rossier-Renaud, Mercer's international assignment policies and practices surveys manager, explains how assignment types have evolved in recent years.
Fast-moving Consumer Goods: Global Mobility Trends
Overview of trends in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, featuring a case study from the global mobility team at Barry Callebaut.
Essential Elements of Domestic Relocation Policies
Firms need help in two areas: the creation of sound policies and establishing appropriate, affordable levels of financial assistance to enable relocation.
Expatriate Management Policy Trends
The more mobility and talent management strategies are integrated, the less vexing traditional problems of expatriate management become.
Managing Expatriates in Difficult Locations: Optimizing the Global Mobility Investment
Despite the increase in global talent sourcing, not taking quality of living and cultural adjustment factors into account can doom international assignments.
Minimizing Exceptions to Policy Without Demotivating Expatriates
Practical suggestions for keeping exceptions to company policy from becoming the norm – and creating administrative burden and escalating costs.
How Do You Know It Isn't Broken? Auditing and Benchmarking Your Global Mobility Program
Auditing and benchmarking your mobility program can counter the effects of changes in your company or the business environment on policies and processes.
Localization and Local Plus Packages: An Alternative Deal for Foreign Talent
Both in spite of – and because of – economic uncertainty and uneven growth, multinational companies continue to refine their talent mobility practices.
Local Plus: Focusing on the Practicalities of an Increasingly Popular Concept
Local plus packages have grown ever more prevalent. Learn the key characteristics of successful local plus policies and some of the implementation challenges.