Panelists Discuss: COVID-19 recovery and what to expect next

    May 26, 2020 @ 07:15 AM / by Grace Kernohan

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    COVID-19 Recovery Panel Discussion

    Last week, we hosted a webinar on COVID-19 recovery and what to expect next. We invited three corporate panelists to discuss their experiences and share their perspective. Our panelists during this event were the following:

    • Laura Rodriguez, Global Human Resources, Expatriate Program Management (formerly with JNJ)
    • Rosemary Barber Lanch, Head of Global Mobility for Philip Morris International
    • Adele M. Yeargan, GPHR, Director of Talent Acquisition Operations, Mobility & Immigration for VMware

    The panel, facilitated by AIRINC's Morgan Crosby and Mike Wincott, focused on:

    • Talent – Will the profile of mobile talent change?
    • Policy – What changes need to be made to policy offerings?
    • Immigration and tax – Are you prepared for changes in regulations?
    • Operations and organizational design – How will the mobility function need to change to meet the new normal?

    The panelists were engaging and brought valuable insights to the conversation. Thank you again to Rosemary, Laura, and Adele for their insights!


    The 4 Topics: Policy, Tax & Immigration, Talent, and Operations & Organization Design.

    In our discussion on talent, we discussed if the reasons for assignments and transfers might change. One panelist shared that she believes that though assignments might change overall, it will be a positive change. Mobility will be forced to rethink how to plan assignments and will now consider options that previously were not common. For example, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives may become easier to administer; since being onsite might be less of a requirement for assignments, it may open the door for candidates that previously may not have been considered.

    In the discussion on policy, we asked if virtual working and other non-traditional arrangements might have a space in mobility. Our panelists shared that they now have a better understanding that many jobs can be handled virtually. With this understanding, it is important for mobility to be able to administer these types of “assignments”, since they allow the business to offer more flexibility to the employee.

    This is a new space for mobility to be strategic, as mobility brings huge insight and expertise to the remote work conversation. The COVID-19 crisis has opened the door for mobility to lead strategy in a multiplicity of Talent areas, and provide more value to the business outside of the HR function. Finally, it may be mobility’s role to ensure that employees still feel cared for and connected to the business while working remotely. Even in an increasingly virtual world, the “human touch” remains important.


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    Topics: Mobility Policy, Webinars, policy changes, Global Compensation, Mobility trends, Training and E-Learning, Thought Leadership, Webinar Recording, Employee Experience, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Panel Discussion

    Grace Kernohan

    Written by Grace Kernohan

    Grace Kernohan is a Senior Manager of Advisory Services at AIRINC. She joined AIRINC in the fall of 2017 working in Client Engagement, and transitioned to Advisory Services in April 2020. She specializes in consulting and benchmarking, focusing on policy reviews, market alignment, and mobility communications. She has worked on a range of projects, including NGO policy suite revisions and pharmaceutical M&A mobility function consulting. She has also traveled internationally performing cost-of-living surveys. She graduated from Union College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and economics. She is based in Boston, MA.