Highlights from MOVE Guides' London panel discussion with Expat Academy and inHous
By Claire Beckenstein
Oct 02, 2015
MOVE Guides hosted a panel discussion on 29 September in our London HQ, moderated by Christine Weddell, MOVE Guides Solutions Consultant, alongside Brynne Herbert, MOVE Guides CEO, James Holder, Expat Academy Founder and Valerie Nestor, inHous Director.
With a full house of mobility professionals from some of the largest companies in the world, guests enjoyed an opportunity to mingle and chat over lunch, while learning the latest talent mobility trends from our panel.
Christine Weddell, Valerie Nestor, James Holder and Brynne Herbert speaking at MOVE Guides' panel.
The panel kicked off with a discussion about defining what it means to deliver an excellent mobility program. Brynne shared her perspective on how the 21st century organization’s mobility program should be designed to attract, deploy and retain talent on a global scale.
This means technology that offers a single mobility view, streamlined processes and an effective way to collaborate with all the stakeholders involved in a move. Additionally, the ability to leverage data around talent mobility will be a critical turning point for mobility teams and empower them with access to accurate, transparent and timely mobility data.
As an accomplished mobility professional, James believes that the key inhibitors that are making it difficult for mobility teams to deliver world-class mobility programs are the lack of time and resources. He stated that most mobility professionals would love to take a week and really investigate technology options out there in the market, but so many are bogged down with time-consuming manual processes.
Valerie believes that one of the biggest challenges she experiences working closely with the employees is meeting their expectations around their new city. Especially in the UK, which has soaring house prices. She also shared how, as a vendor, technology is making it a much more seamless and transparent process. It takes the administrative hurdles out of the day, so that she can really focus on finding her customers the perfect new home.
Christine wrapped up the panel asking Brynne and James if they believe that the current management model for talent mobility is dead? Both panellists agreed that it isn't, but that the types of employees, the way that we work and the way that the program is delivered has dramatically changed. This also means that we need to change the mobility brand and align mobility with the talent agenda and business decisions.
The panel closed with an audience member asking if technology will make mobility much less of a human interaction. The panel agreed that on the contrary, technology will make mobility much more human. This is mainly due to the time saved automating manual processes that can take hours out of the day. As we often hear, HR professionals didn't go to university to consolidate excel spreadsheets, but to make a lasting difference in the lives of their employees. With technology as a key partner, mobility professionals can focus on "alpha work" that brings value to the company and the employee experience.