In the Spotlight: Global Mobility Program Design Trends

As global affairs and business trends rapidly drive change within Global Mobility, BGRS continuously explores new and innovative approaches and solutions that enable our clients to leverage investments in their human capital, successfully execute their global business strategies, and develop their leadership pipeline. Ellyn Karetnick, Vice President, Global Head of Talent Development and Mobility, shares her insights In the Spotlight.

What types of trends are you seeing in the evolution of mobility program design?

Ellyn Karetnick: We can shape our future – or let it shape us. Over the last five years, there’s been a seismic shift in organizations’ thinking about how global talent is managed – and this is creating a sweep across functions. BGRS’s talent trends research revealed that 85% of organizations have recently made, or are making, strategic changes to their programs – an unprecedented industry trend spike. Companies are redefining the value proposition of mobility.

Our Talent Mobility Consulting practice is seeing broader, more diversified global mobility initiatives. I would say that two emerging patterns stand out: the first is a greater focus on assessing functions, operating models, and business productivity; with a pivot towards establishing shared services centers and centers of excellence or expertise. The second is more rigorous exploration of talent management-related solutions that impact global mobility and drive enhanced customer experience – from ensuring assignee readiness and measuring assignment success to enabling an inclusive workplace and empowering diversity.

With these types of macro trends driving global business transformation, how has BGRS’s Talent Mobility Consulting organization shifted its approach to looking at mobility solutions?

Ellyn: We focus on enhancing our clients’ agility and enabling their mobility programs to drive successful business outcomes that align with their broader people and organization strategies. It’s a very exciting time for BGRS Talent Mobility’s continued transformation journey. Our four pillar advisory capabilities – Program Strategy, Transformation, People Analytics, and Talent Development – enable us to meet the talent needs of clients and mobile employees. This evolution leads us higher on the value chain of talent management – from assessment, skill building, and engagement to career development, retention, and succession planning. With our Intercultural business strategically integrated within our Talent Development pillar, this enables us to proactively bridge Global Mobility and Human Resources.

How does BGRS’s Talent Mobility Consulting practice ensure our clients are leveraging their mobility programs to drive business performance?

Ellyn: By enabling organizations to use evidenced-based insights that drive talent decisions, our practice has expanded beyond policy and benchmarking to include change management support of new business models, a growing need for more flexible talent mobility frameworks, and building the future vision.

With the right balance of human and digital collaboration, clients can modernize their workforce planning, achieve greater employee engagement and mitigate risk. What jobs are growing or emerging in your industry? Are you upskilling your workforce for the ‘unknown’? Will your future workforce adapt and function the way you need? By embracing continuous learning and shaping a global mindset, we create an organizational culture that encourages talent be their best selves and to do their best work.

Through robust market data and insights, we help organizations navigate a complex, ever-changing local and global landscape. We closely collaborate with clients to tangibly demonstrate the value of international experience in career planning and leadership development. These resources drive top business performance and success.