Key Takeaways from our Global Mobility Leaders Roundtable

    Aug 15, 2022 @ 03:30 AM / by Mike Wincott


    What are mobility leaders talking about?

    AIRINC recently hosted a group of EMEA Global Mobility Senior Leaders to explore the role of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DE&I) in Global Mobility, moderated by Mike Wincott and Jani McLean.

    DE&I at the Corporate Level

    Participants agreed that Global Mobility should act as an enabler of cultural change but cannot affect DE&I change independent of a wider company cultural imperative. Companies should assess their DE&I objectives against their industry: if certain groups are over-represented in the industry’s workforce and leadership, then it is unrealistic to expect Mobility to strive for representation that doesn’t exist elsewhere in the company. That being said, Mobility could be a useful tool for shifting the demographics of a company’s future leaders by giving employees the diverse range of international experience that they need to progress in their careers.


    Incorporating DE&I Into Mobility Policies

    Participants spoke of projects to expand family definitions and to increase flexibility within the policy framework. Such flexibility could support employees who might otherwise feel reluctant to participate in the assignment process when their situation would traditionally require the initiation of an exception approval request.


    Talent Selection

    For Global Mobility to have a meaningful impact on DE&I, it needs to be involved in candidate selection and succession planning. Mobility can be used to help prepare diverse talent for succession, breaking the usual patterns of taking the known talent from next door.

    One participant described how their company has implemented an open talent marketplace that also supports diversity in talent. Internal job postings are listed to this internal marketplace; employees create their own profiles and may submit their candidature for any of these postings. Since its implementation, the company has seen an increase in international moves. From the perspective of DE&I, this platform removes the bias that comes with traditional networking and office politics where employees might be more dependent on their manager’s connections.


    Remote Working

    The narrative over time has changed from: “We can’t support remote work due to compliance risks” to “OK, let’s figure out how to make this work”. Some companies have started to support remote work now that their competitors are offering it. The genie is out of the bottle and the flexibility to work remotely is becoming an important and expected part of the employee value proposition. 

    In response to concerns regarding compliance, participants are establishing guidelines or checklists to guide responses to remote working requests. Participants cautioned that HR needs to avoid taking on the role of a counsellor when employees request to work remotely due to family emergencies or exceptional circumstances that, in reality, would make it difficult for them to work while abroad.


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    Topics: Mobility Policy, Thought Leadership, networking, remote work, Europe, diversity, Talent, Roundtable

    Mike Wincott

    Written by Mike Wincott

    Mike Wincott: Senior Director Client Solutions, EMEA Mike joined AIRINC in 2014 and leads our advisory services practice in EMEA. Mike works with global organisations to devise mobility programmes which support overall company strategy, with a particular focus on mobility compensation, operational and policy solutions. Before joining AIRINC, Mike spent 15 years at Deloitte, the last four of which he was the Partner leading Deloitte’s Global Mobility Compensation Services (GMCS) practice in Europe. Having been an expatriate himself, Mike and his family localised in Belgium in 2007. Mike started his career as a tax advisor with Arthur Andersen after gaining a BSc (Hons) in Business Administration from Bath University. He is an alumnus of IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.