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Top 3 Mobility Trends to Watch in 2019!

Jan 01, 2019 @ 07:00 PM / by Morgan Crosby

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2019 will be an exciting year for Global Mobility 

Towards the end of last year, I was fortunate to spend some time with Global Mobility leaders discussing their goals and aspirations for 2019. While not everyone shared the same feedback, there were some common themes. I am sharing the top three trends to watch in 2019. It looks like a busy but exciting year for mobility!


1. Digital Advising

Many Mobility teams report their operational houses are foundationally sound. With this solid footing, the function is eager to advise the business on the best way to deploy talent across borders. Since consumers of this advice are many, leading companies are looking to deploy digital decision guides to help inform internal customers. This digital advice often takes the form of a self-guided decision tool or video series. The goal is to introduce the customer to the mobility landscape, inform them of opportunities, and encourage them to seek mobility advice.


2. Accessible Technology

This trend is more aspirational and has a longer time horizon than 2019, however, companies are looking to make Global Mobility technology directly accessible to employees. While traditional Global Mobility technology is geared toward administering employees, paying them, and staying compliant, some companies ultimately aim to have all HR technology stitched together.

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In the aspirational state, the interface will be the same for all users whether accessing information about domestic or cross border situations. Global Mobility technology is still being sought out for its best in breed capability, but it, as well as many other applications, will sit behind an HR user interface to enable a consistent single point of access for HR process and information.


3. Even More Flexibility

While flexibility in Global Mobility policy is not a new trend, what is interesting is that it keeps trending. Flexibility is breeding more flexibility. It is important to watch both areas of activity – business and employee flexibility. Business flexibility continues with the offering of multiple policies or core/flex menu driven approaches. Employee flexibility is ballooning with offerings of cash allowance, lump sums, or a menu choice of managed benefits. As technology makes flexibility possible without onerous manual administration, this trend will continue. Start thinking about the access to support and benefits you provide the business and employee, rather than the policies you manage.


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Topics: Mobility Policy, Global mobility, lump sums, Policy Flexibility, Digital Advising, Accessible Technology

Morgan Crosby

Written by Morgan Crosby

Vice President Americas at AIRINC Morgan Crosby leads the Americas region at AIRINC, with responsibility for the strategic direction, growth, and performance of the Americas business. As a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of global mobility experience, Morgan is known for driving brand growth, developing thought leadership, and delivering excellent client experiences. She advises companies on leading mobility practices, helping them to rethink how they manage global mobility through innovative and creative solutions for even the most challenging mobility programs. Morgan is a frequent speaker and published author on global mobility issues, including innovation, international compensation, and leading practice trends. Morgan holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Boston University, and she is based at AIRINC’s headquarters office in Cambridge, MA.