Mobility's Shifting Future: The Next 10 Years

    Feb 01, 2021 @ 08:58 AM / by Christopher Ward

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    AIRINC's Christopher Ward featured in ERC Mobility Magazine 

    YP40 Chair and AIRINC Relationship Manager Christopher Ward was recently featured in an interview in Worldwide ERC's Mobility Magazine, discussing the impact of young professionals on mobility’s shifting future.

    COVID-19 has caused a massive shakeup across all industries. As the dust settles, where do you think mobility will land, and how will we be set up to face the coming decade? 

    In 2020, we witnessed a “trial run” of virtual work arrangements. The success of “working where you live, not living where you work” has called into question traditional global talent strategies and has again brought cost savings to the forefront of global HR strategy discussions.

    The harsh fiscal realities post-COVID, coupled with the larger shift away from traditional employer-employee dynamics, will have long-lasting implications for the corporate mobility function and the larger mobility industry.

    As the dust settles, we will see more emphasis placed on mobility’s performance and return on investment. Technology will continue to improve program analytics, driving global mobility’s transformation from a reactive, administrative role to a strategic business support function. With a new remote workforce and cost-saving focus, mobility leaders will be tasked with ensuring that mobility funds are spent wisely, and they will need to leverage benchmark data to guarantee competitiveness of all program or policy changes.

    Mobility’s strategic nature will also be seen through an increased focus on employee experience; with more metrics into a user’s engagement, mobility professionals are uniquely positioned to guide global talent management discussions, ensuring that their company continues to attract, develop, and retain the best and brightest talent—regardless of geography.


    How do you think YP40s will continue to prepare themselves to take on growing responsibility within their roles and with the changing environment?

    With the heightened emphasis on mobility ROI, YP40s must be prepared to communicate the value of mobility. YPs will be tasked with “selling” flexibility and formalizing policies for new, post-COVID work arrangements, including
    remote work policies, commuter arrangements, virtual assignment policies, and others. (continued)


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