Global Mobility Function in Flux, Deloitte Finds

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By Rick Vollmar

Aug. 3--Only 8 percent of HR professionals describe their own organizations’ global mobility practices as “world class,” according to Deloitte's latest Strategic Moves survey, but this is a six-point improvement over the past three years.

According to Deloitte, the global mobility function “is being asked again to reevaluate its purpose within an organization to become what we term 'business driven global mobility.’ This involves a shift in scope and capabilities from facilitating 'standard global mobility’ to supporting wider organizational 'global agility.’”

Deloitte's survey of 95 respondents from 73 companies found that the focus of global mobility during the past three years has been on cost management and operational effectiveness, while planned initiatives in the coming 12 months include “process optimization and the development of Global Mobility staff which will allow practitioners to spend less time on process activities and more time partnering with the business.”

According to Deloitte, these will be the most important global mobility trends going forward:

• The “increasing prevalence of 'non-standard' mobility will require rethinking of traditional mobility service delivery models and capabilities.”

• “More specialized skill requirements will lead to greater adoption of international reward frameworks which encompass customized components for a global talent pool.”

• There will be a “redesign of traditional employment models and deployment frameworks which link supply/demand matching of skills/capabilities to global workforce planning strategies.”