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Optimize the Global Talent Mobility Program

Focus on repatriation to achieve long term ROI.

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Contributors

  • Ann Bomba, HR Generalist, Microstrategy
  • Ann Casanova, Lead Specialist, Leadership and Employee Development Division, InterAmerican Development Bank
  • Dr. David Collings, Professor Dublin City University, and co-author of Global Talent Management
  • Dr. Noeleen Doherty, Senior Fellow at Cranfield University
  • Dr. Mila Lazarova, Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University. Canada Research Chair in Global Workforce Management and co-author of International Human Resource Management: Policy and Practice
  • Jill Morrison, Sr. HR Generalist, Microstrategy
  • Dr. Yongsun Paik, Professor at Loyola Marymount University, and co-author of Managing a Global Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities in International Human Resource Management
  • Aruna Raval, Senior Manager, RBC Capital Markets and Treasury Audit Group
  • Ellie Sullivan SGMS, SCRP, Vice President, Marketing & Consulting Weichert Relocation Resources Inc.
  • Dr. Paula Vexlir, Psychologist, Expat Counselor, and Director at PSI-Online, a counseling service for Spanish-speaking expatriates
  • Joyce Wan, Global Assignee

Your Challenge

  • Organizations are sending more employees abroad, but they are not fully reaping the benefits of global assignments due to the high turnover of repatriating employees.
  • Organizations are not aligning their programs with their strategy and workforce plan, sometimes causing poor matches between employee and assignment, and a lack of long-term vision.
  • Global assignments are expensive, and even more so when an employee returns early or does not perform well. Organizations need to ensure that every global assignment is a success, or they risk wasted resources.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Global talent mobility is no longer about transplanting home office leaders to foreign countries – it’s about stationing the best talent in the right place, at the right time, for the right reasons.
  • Organizations must support the employee before, during, and after their assignment in order to optimize the talent development opportunities associated with a global assignment. Only then will organizations see the cost-benefits of global assignments.

Impact and Result

  • Since repatriation is the biggest challenge for employers, focusing the program with the end in mind is especially important for career planning and retention of global assignees.
  • By creating proactive global talent mobility programs that support the business strategy and the workforce planning needs, and address compliance issues, organizations will foster assignment success and retain repatriating employees who have gained global knowledge.

Research & Tools

2. Assess the current state of the global talent mobility program

Identify gaps in the organization's current global talent mobility program.

3. Define the global talent mobility program

Document use cases, related metrics, and key components of the global talent mobility program; identify the skills, knowledge, and abilities required for each type of global assignment; and tailor initiatives to support the global assignee and their family before, during, and after the assignment to optimize program success.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a ten call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Assess the current state of the global talent mobility program

Call #1 - Discuss the assessment results to determine how to prioritize next steps and manage stakeholders.
Call #2 - Identify key stakeholders and their respective roles and responsibilities.

Guided Implementation #2 - Define the global talent mobility program

Call #1 - Decide on employee global talent mobility use cases that best support your business and workforce goals.
Call #2 - Define programming components required to send employees abroad.

Guided Implementation #3 - Select the best candidates for global assignments

Call #1 - Define the characteristics and competencies for each global talent mobility use case to evaluate employees before they are chosen for assignments abroad.

Guided Implementation #4 - Optimize the pre-departure process

Call #1 - Discuss which supporting initiatives work best for each type of global talent mobility use case to support employees before their assignment.

Guided Implementation #5 - Optimize the assignment abroad

Call #1 - Discuss which supporting initiatives work best for each type of global talent mobility use case to support employees during their assignment.

Guided Implementation #6 - Optimize the repatriation process

Call #1 - Discuss which supporting initiatives work best for each type of global talent mobility use case to support employees after their assignment.

Guided Implementation #7 - Measure and reflect on global mobility program effectiveness

Call #1 - Discuss the track of the program against pre-established metrics.
Call #2 - Discuss the global talent mobility program’s strengths and opportunities for improvement.

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Module 1: Assess the Current State of the Global Talent Mobility Program

The Purpose

After completing this section, you will understand:

  • The current success of the current program
  • The people and information necessary to begin defining the global talent mobility program
  • Critical elements and individuals of the global talent mobility program

Key Benefits Achieved

Having engaged in this process, you will have:

  • A defined and robust plan for developing the global talent mobility program
  • A selection of the best candidates for the program

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Assess the current state of the global talent mobility program.

  • Defined global talent mobility goals
1.2

Identify mobility use cases for your organization.

  • Identified mobility use cases
1.3

Define your candidate selection process.

  • Selection process determined
1.4

Build on the Global Talent Mobility Program.

  • Global Talent Mobility Playbook

Module 2: Define the Global Talent Mobility Program

The Purpose

After completing this section, you will understand:

  • The importance of the pre-departure process
  • The HR factors of assignments abroad
  • The importance of continuous improvement to global mobility program effectiveness

Key Benefits Achieved

Having engaged in this process, you will be able to:

  • Design a pre-departure process
  • Evaluate and respond to contingencies involved with global assignments
  • Successfully repatriate global employees
  • Apply continuous improvements to your global mobility program

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Identify initiatives and expectations for the pre-departure process.

  • Understanding of what support is needed for the employee prior to assignment
2.2

Optimize the assignment abroad.

  • Global Assignment Template
2.3

Facilitate a successful repatriation process.

  • Action plans for retention after successful repatriation
2.4

Measure and reflect on global mobility program effectiveness.

  • Updated Global Talent Mobility Playbook