The top four challenges in global mobility today

We’ve hosted our Global Mobility roundtables throughout November, with events held in Frankfurt, Milan and Madrid. This year marks our 50th Global Mobility roundtable event in Europe, moderated by Giovanni De Carlo (Business Development Director – Europe). They were some of the most successful to date, proving to be relevant to businesses of all sizes and industries.

The roundtables took a focus on the current position of global mobility and where it is expected to go in the future. Giovanni highlighted emerging trends, such as rapid urbanization in parts of the world and the demographic shifts causing talent gaps. These changes are having an impact on the role of global mobility, which is drifting away from being a transactional function to having a strategic purpose. 

Consequently, businesses are, and will be, facing new challenges, which contribute to the evolution of their mobility policies. The top challenges facing global mobility professionals include: 

  • Time consuming administrative tasks
  • Challenging the company’s culture and structure
  • Limited training
  • Changing the perception of mobility from transactional to strategic

New approaches and solutions were discussed and had an emphasis on training, acknowledging the value of mobility and reviewing and redefining the global mobility structure. Receiving organizational support and establishing appropriate tools to measure the effectiveness of mobility will be key to long-term success.

We would like to thank everyone that attended our European roundtables, your contributions were invaluable and we look forward to our roundtables next spring.