Focus on Financial Services  

2020 was a very challenging year for Global Mobility. However, it gave mobility teams the time to reflect and demonstrate their value and global perception to their overall organizations. Global Mobility’s goals remain steadfast in a pre-, during-, and post-COVID-19 world: to help attract and retain key global talent. 

Here are the key trends within the Financial Services industry for 2021.

1. Employee Experience

One of the main initiatives for the Financial Services industry in 2021 is improving the employee experience. Over the years, we have seen industries far and wide grapple with how to improve the experience and benefits. Currently, financial services lead the general industry in how they are offering flexibility to the employees. 45% of companies provide a cash lump sum, and 27% provide a delivery choice between cash lump sum or relocation services. A blend of approaches ensures benefits and polices are agile for a diverse, cross-border population.

However, the industry wants to enhance the experience further. 40% of companies are planning to add new policies to help add more flexibility/choice of benefits this year. Additionally, adding self-service options and tracking goals over the course of the assignment will also help improve the employee experience.

2. Communication is Everything!

Another initiative within the Financial Services industry is to increase overall communication. Over the past year, we have seen many companies explore how they can provide better communication to their employees — anything from small pre-assignment tasks explanations to full briefings on what to expect during an assignment.

Communication documents have ranged between standard one-pagers to video suites. The use of better communication tactics will help enable the Financial Services industry to give more autonomy to the employees and achieve the other initiative of providing more self-serve aspects of their assignment. Excellent communication is a great foundation to achieving a positive employee experience.

3. Diversifying the Policy Suite

Over the years, the number of policies in the mobility suite has increased. Today, Financial Services has an average 6.3 policies at their disposal. As we have seen in a COVID-19 world, the workforce is becoming more diverse and remote working has become the new normal.

The Financial Services industry is expecting to see increases in international one-way transfers (48%), international remote work (42%), and short-term assignments (38%). Whereas, the general industry will see increases to international remote work, domestic remote work, and virtual assignments. The introduction of formal policies for these unique working arrangements will better allow for more employee flexibility and address the business’ short- and long-term initiatives.

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Webinar Part 2: MOS 2021 Corporate Case Studies

March 25, 2021 | Session 1: 10:00 AM ET / 3:00 PM CET 
Session 2: 2:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM CET

We’ll showcase how two AIRINC clients seized opportunities related to the themes of this year’s survey. Case studies include:

  • Reflecting changing business and talent needs in the Mobility program using data and analysis
  • Building a human-centric program that supports the organization’s talent targets including diversity and inclusion