Virtual Mobility – Evolving Mobility for the Future of Work

Ready or not, virtual mobility is here. According to our recent Pulse Survey, “Virtual Mobility – Evolving Mobility for the Future of Work,” capturing the voice of mobility professionals representing over three million employees, 70% are already actively supporting virtual mobility.

Employee Mobility has a key role in enabling their business and workforce to determine and realize opportunities ahead as the adoption of remote work and virtual mobility increases. Translating these opportunities into business and employee value means both appropriate awareness of risk exposure and consideration of support.

We found most respondents have reacted quickly to business and employee needs by stepping into a gap in delivery to help support with tax, compliance, reward, or development advice. They have provided support to stakeholders as needs arose during the pandemic to keep business operations moving. Quickly pivoting their mobility delivery, most survey respondents report they have not yet formally established how they are supporting the need for their employees to engage on virtual assignments, but instead are providing reactive advice or support as they arise.

Many of our respondents reported that they are seeing strong future potential in how this new form of mobility can improve their programs. A significant majority (87%) expect virtual mobility to either complement their existing mobility volume or expand it to deliver greater value to their business. Remote work adoption through the pandemic has radically altered the global employment landscape, impacting work for millions of employees, and forced a rethink for many organizations on where their employees work from or could work from. Many employees have been attracted to opportunities to live elsewhere. Businesses are also exploring what this new flexibility means in access to and enablement of talent. Role opportunities and assignment scope that previously might not have been considered are being trialed as virtual delivery, with mixed results so far.

These changes have brought about a shift in expectations from employees, who can see benefits of working from home or moving to a desired location for personal reasons. Our latest survey report addresses questions such as, what distinctions are organizations making between remote working and virtual mobility? What role does mobility play in establishing these and what support is needed to ensure successful virtual assignments?

Human Resources and Talent functions will need to respond to demand from the external candidate market as well as their employee base to ensure what their company can offer is competitive and attractive as the world of work changes rapidly.

Download the Pulse Survey report, “Virtual Mobility – Evolving Mobility for the Future of Work,” for more details on our findings and how these changes will impact mobility delivery.