April 24, 2017
Responding to Changing Demands in Global Mobility

Today’s ever-changing world can appear to be an overwhelming flow of dynamic movement.  Human nature often resists change that feels too fast or sudden; which can translate to business processes as well.  Change happens for a reason and the ability to adapt and enhance performance in the face of change is a key strength.  Changing Business Culture is often the hardest thing to do in any organisation.  Inertia resists changing the ‘way it has always been’ despite a need for more effective results.  Fast, flexible, and effective reaction to change is important, but pre-emptive action will deliver more effective results overtime.  Don’t wait for an issue to create negative results; avoid unpleasant surprises entirely.  Predicting an upcoming business change that will affect your Mobility Program is essential.

Ignoring and even denying change... what change?

Businesses typically display a reluctance to change or even a blindness to the need for change.  As a result, the Global Mobility group’s reduced effectiveness and declining service will cause delays and frustration on both the business and mobility side.  The company’s projects which relay upon the effectiveness of Mobility may experience delays because of not having the right people in the right place at the right time.  Costs may increase as the business loses faith in Mobility as an effective partner. When business attempts to move talent without partnering with mobility, they risk falling foul of the various complicated immigration and tax idiosyncrasies which Mobility deals with each day. Talent is so much a part of Mobility now that most senior management programs include an assignment. If a Mobility program suffers from the strain of not adapting to change a company may suffer and lose some of these high talented individuals.

Let’s embrace change.. but how?

Global Mobility teams will continue to face increases in demand and complexity as companies become more mobile with talent being needed in various locations around the world. Finding solutions, getting the support, and enhancing the Global Mobility Function is something that is not straight forward but you can benefit from lessons learned over the years in supporting Global Mobility teams.

Key Steps when facing change

·         Analysing the need – use knowledge of impending changes or look for trends.

·         Building up support – reaching out to HR Business partners and gaining support.

·         Established solutions – Consider using established practices from similar models/companies.

·         Dealing with objections – Be ready to answer those objections and expect them.


It is essential to invest in effective change than to maintain the status quo.  Ensuring HR and other important business partners understand this need is also an imperative for a well-functioning Global Mobility team.

Partnering with a service provider with a wealth of experience in support Global Mobility will greatly help as you navigate change.  We at Polaris Global Mobility can help you update your Mobility Program and embrace change.  If you would like to know more, please feel free to reach out to me via andy.smailes@polarisgm.com for more information.

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