Global vs. Local—striking the right balance

“It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission” the saying goes. You’re in charge of compensation & benefits for a country, for a region, or for the entire company and you want to be effective in your job which requires a balancing act: building trust and customer focus, yet ensuring control and … More Global vs. Local—striking the right balance

International Crucible Assignments

On 1 April, Dr. Mark Bussin, Chairman of 21st Century Pay Solutions Group, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and author of the recently published textbook Expatriate Compensation, was a featured presenter at a unique event on Expatriate Compensation, sponsored by Freelance Total Rewards. (See the event page for more.) During his presentation, Dr. Bussin explained … More International Crucible Assignments

Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Expatriates (and those who manage them)

I’ve been an expatriate, I’ve managed numerous expat assignments, and I’ve led one of Asia’s largest consulting practices for global mobility. So here are my suggested new year’s resolutions for expats, and for those who manage them. For Expats Find peace–if you took your assignment partly for the adventure, to avoid regretting not taking the … More Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Expatriates (and those who manage them)

Are your Expatriate Allowances Right? (part 3)

Note: This is part 3 of a series of posts on expatriate allowances. If your company’s expatriate assignments are under cost pressure or the company is trying to “localise”, read on… In parts 1 and 2, I focused on Cost of Living Allowances, specifically on the importance of selecting the right methodology for your company, … More Are your Expatriate Allowances Right? (part 3)

Are your Expatriate Allowances Right? (part 1)

Are you confident your expatriate allowances are right? Are you sure your allowances are neither too costly, nor insufficient for the needs of your mobile talent? Can you explain and defend them to your expatriates and their managers? More than 90% of companies provide their expatriates one or more allowances for long-term international assignments, including: … More Are your Expatriate Allowances Right? (part 1)

Results are In: What’s Next in Global Talent Mobility

With over forty responses from industry-leading companies based–or with major operations–in Asia, the Freelance Total Rewards Survey of Mobility Trends indicates the highest priority related to global mobility in 2013 is “alignment of global mobility with talent management”, with 69% of companies selecting this response (more than one response may be selected). Surprisingly, the second … More Results are In: What’s Next in Global Talent Mobility

The Value of Mobility

I am writing this from my hotel room in Bengaluru (Bangalore), India. Just arrived, settled in and unpacked. The ride here was long and the roads were bumpy, but amazingly I am at peace. How is it that a country with crowds, dust, half-constructed buildings and bumper-to-motorbike traffic can be so peaceful? I am here … More The Value of Mobility