Thanks to open borders and the free movement of workers, the relocation industry has changed dramatically in recent years. Organisations across the world are employing staff who frequently speak two or more languages. This is a trend that looks likely to grow over the next four or five years. In this blog post, Chris Mitchell of Unique Languages looks at workforce mobility.
A report on global mobility suggests that by 2020, the ability of corporations to manage their global staff effectively will mean the difference between success and failure for both the company and the staff members.
The new generation of managers will hail from nations such as China, Brazil, Russia and Eastern Europe and organisations will have to market themselves to anywhere in the world. With this in mind, employees will need to be bilingual (with one of those languages to be English) and culturally aware.
Global Mobility Programs
There will be a change in relocation programmes over the next few years, with organisations seeking to partner with businesses that specialise in making employees' lives easier in their new country. This will allow expats to learn another language, have advanced medical facilities or send their children to a decent school.
Companies in Asia will struggle to adapt to the global workforce initially, as they have relatively unsophisticated relocation programmes in comparison with their western rivals.
The new generation of managers will be less keen on financial reward and keener on experiences and developing culturally. This presents a great opportunity for multinational firms seeking to attract new talent who would like to experience the world.
To ensure that organisations retain key employees, they will have to invest in training, receive and offer regular feedback and have a mentoring program in place. These, among other incentives, will ensure that the employee does not leave the company at the end of their assignment.
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by Christopher J Mitchell
Project Director, Unique Languages
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