Shifting Policy Dynamics for Remote Working and Virtual Assignments

    Nov 05, 2020 @ 10:23 AM / by Mike Wincott

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    What's next for Remote Working and Virtual Assignments?

    Remote working and virtual assignments are on everyone’s lips at the moment. There is a lot of speculation out there but – until now – relatively little that is concrete.

    We are noticing that the dynamic is now shifting at some organisations. As the pandemic drags on, more and more businesses are realising that going back to pre-COVID ways is not an option. Consequently, the discussion and discovery phase is drawing to a close – and it is clear a copy/paste solution does not exist. Progressive companies are rolling up their sleeves and setting to with the design of frameworks and governance models that will put structure around these new types of cross-border working.


    A Growing Sense of Urgency for Frameworks and Governance Models

    For some companies I’m working with, there is a real sense of urgency. The start of the new year has been laid down as a key milestone, giving less than two months to have a framework in place and operational. For others, timelines are not quite so tight, but a common theme is that this is now something that needs to be defined sooner, rather than later.

    We are supporting these high-paced, innovation design projects in a number of ways: from benchmarking and policy writing, to automated decision guides and communication material. However, I wanted specifically to talk about the role of facilitated design workshops in driving projects like this forward. Workshops at an early phase of the project are great as a fast and effective way to define the way forward.


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    The Influence of Organisational Culture

    In my role facilitating these online workshops, it is fascinating to see the differences between companies. Organisational culture has a huge part to play in the level of ambition and scope of these new policy frameworks. Interestingly, although working from anywhere and virtual assignments were first associated with the technology sector, design projects are underway across a wide range of sectors from professional service and pharmaceuticals to FMCG and manufacturing.

    Another common theme that I am seeing is the perspective the company has in relation to talent. It seems to me that the companies which are moving forward with most urgency are those where the talent agenda is central to the corporate vision.

    There are no blueprints, so for everyone this is ground-breaking work – that’s what makes it fun! Depending on the context, the answer is different for every company. From my point of view, it is a pleasure and a privilege to be facilitating these workshops and to witness a whole new form of mobility taking shape. If you'd like to explore this for your company, please reach out today: 

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    Topics: Hardship, Benchmarking, Mobility Policy, Global Mobility, Remote worker, Benchmark my policy, Advisory Services, remote work, Virtual Assignments, Work From Home, Work From Anywhere

    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.