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Top Topics For Global Mobility in 2017
In the subject of global mobility, there are many hot topics buzzing around people’s ears that tackle some of the most notable challenges and developments in the industry as it is today. To keep up with the changes we’ve seen and expect to see in the future, we are looking at some of the top topics dominating conversation within the global mobility industry.
The Gig Economy
The growth of the gig economy has continued to change the professional world and some industries in particular are seeing something of a transformation in their operations. While the gig economy is a more recent concept gaining traction, global mobility has yet to catch up with this expanding portion of the employee population. We expect that gig employment mobility policies will be an important area to focus on in the coming years – in both existing industries and new industries built almost entirely on the gig economy. It stands that the rights and entitlements of these independent workers has still yet to be fully revised, so there are many changes to be talking about in 2017 that may help to establish the permanence of the gig economy in the future and affirm the value of talented independent contractors in our industries.
Technology’s Impact On Global Mobility
Technology has a place in every industry and we are seeing more and more potential applications being discovered each day.
An example of technology’s transformative effects on global mobility is its influence on management. One of the most difficult aspects of relocations is coordinating the many different parties involved – not just within the company, but also additional services, such as real estate agents, immigration services and shipping companies. In the last year, cloud technology, relocation management software, and data management apps for smartphones, have cut the stress of relocating in half. As well as relocation services having means of easily access and managing the information of employees, persons relocating can keep track of their own information on their phone or computer and stay up to date with what’s going on in the relocation process.
Technology has also influenced the customer service aspect of relocation services by using Artificially Intelligent chatbots to answer questions when employees are unavailable and paper-less policy documents are becoming a lot more common – policies presented through infographics, videos and apps. What everyone is talking about today is what else we can expect from technology in the future.
Shrinking The Gender Gap
The amount of female assignees is increasing steadily, but at a snail’s pace it seems. Women still only occupy 20% of total assignees, even though it has been more than a decade since the discussion first started, but not many companies can explain why these numbers are so low. The assumption so far is that unconscious bias is playing a particularly important part in this problem, as well as a lack of support for employees with families. Whatever the reason, however, organisations are being put under more pressure today to look into the matter and find a solution, and we can expect to see in the future a lot more flexibility and support.