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Moving Forward

Mobility Technology

Innovative technology advancements are changing the global mobility landscape.

By Simon Kent

A recent report from the RES Forum shows that there is still huge untapped potential for the use of technology in aiding global mobility. The report suggests that areas such as pre-assignment support, payroll processes, and repatriation could all benefit significantly from digitalisation. The report’s author, Professor Benjamin Bader, senior lecturer in international HR management at Newcastle University Business School in the UK, says the sector is only just beginning to adopt technology and the future of the function is still up for debate.

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RX for EX

Employee Experience

Improving the employee experience is a key consideration when attracting and retaining top talent.

By Simon Kent

A positive first impression is often not enough to keep new employees happy and engaged. Whilst a new hire may experience excitement and pride at first, their positivity will decrease if the reality of working for a company doesn’t match their expectations. In order to address this, HR is exploring the employee experience—a consideration of what it is like to work at a company from a multitude of perspectives.

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The Age of Collaboration

Workforce Generations

Today’s multi-generational workforce has a lot potential, but will only reach it if organisations can manage its many complexities.

By Simon Kent

A long history in the paper and packaging industry means the workforce at Mondi is extremely diverse. The company has operations in over 33 countries and creates paper and packing for large, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies such as Nestle, P&G, and Unilever. According to Group HR Director Michael Hakes, many of the company’s 26,000 employees started with Mondi straight out of school and still make up an important part of its workforce some 40 years later. Naturally, this has created an age-diverse workforce that presents both benefits and challenges.

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Un-Conventional HR

Liz McAuliffe

EVP of HR Liz McAuliffe explains how she carries the Un-carrier culture of T-Mobile through to the talent strategy.

By The Editors

Within one’s career, taking the biggest risk often comes with earning the biggest reward. Just ask Liz McAuliffe. While practicing as the in-house employment attorney at Starbucks, Jim Donald, the then CEO, asked her to take a risk by moving into the coffee company’s HR practice. And from that transition, she has been rewarded with a highly successful second career. McAuliffe is now the executive vice president of HR at T-Mobile, the self-proclaimed Un-carrier that is radically changing its approach to both its customers and employees, adopting a people-first strategy that listens first and acts second. McAuliffe has spearheaded this transformation, introducing a number of initiatives to better support employees in their personal and career growth—and drive business success as a result. Learn more here.

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The Data Dilemma

Data Security

Safeguarding employee privacy is a key concern in today’s digital economy.

By Marta Chmielowicz

With the digital economy in full swing, HR leaders are embracing technologies that capture employee data and deliver insights that can be interpreted to better attract, retain, and grow talent. But the flood of numbers pouring in from talent management platforms across the organization carries risk as well as reward.

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Mobility Metrics That Matter

Relocation Data

Harnessing the power of data is leading to better decision-making and improved employee satisfaction to boot.

By Debbie Bolla

Global mobility has traditionally been a costly investment for organizations. In fact, according to Urban Bound, it costs more than $97,100 to relocate current employees who are homeowners and nearly $73,000 to relocate new hires who own homes. But in a tight labor market where talent is often a key differentiator, can organizations put a price on having the right person in the right role at the right time? That’s a tough question to answer, but luckily data is easing the cost implications of relocation while delivering additional insight into employee satisfaction, productivity, and retention.

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A Two-Way Street

Temp-to-hire

Temp-to-hire roles are driving better hiring decisions among both employers and employees.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Talent has long been considered a competitive differentiator for organizations as they seek new ways to thrive, but success in the modern business world increasingly hinges on one capability: agility. Organizations need to be flexible, adapting to dynamic market needs while offering candidates and employees a positive experience. Faced with growing innovation and competition, skill sets and expertise—rather than worker type—are the priority.

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Putting the Micro in Microsoft

Micro-Internship

Microsoft’s micro-internship program delivers learning with a practical touch.

By Marta Chmielowicz

The transition from college student to working professional can be challenging for recent graduates. According to McGraw-Hill’s 2018 Future Workforce Survey report, only 41 percent of college students feel well-prepared for their future careers, and 51 percent desire more opportunities for internships and professional experiences.

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Thirst for Knowledge

L&D

Employees are demanding more immersive and frequent training, forcing organizations to transform their L&D programs.

By Doug Stephen

As the labor market tightens and the skills gap for highly technical roles widens, companies need to find new ways to secure the capabilities they are lacking—without having to completely re-staff. Data shows that the solution is to ensure learning and development (L&D) plays a much more central role in the employee journey.

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Wellness: The Next Generation

Wellness Benefits

Investing in a holistic well-being benefits strategy is a win-win for employees and employers alike.

By Ruth Hunt

Wellness has become a popular catchphrase. Employers are now truly seeing how well-being is contributing to organizational effectiveness and the bottom line, if only indirectly. While there is some debate about the most effective ways to demonstrate the ROI of traditional wellness, there is clearer evidence that a broader approach to well-being drives value on investment (VOI). Well-being programs also result in other qualitative benefits, such as enhanced perception of the organization as a great place to work, increased employee engagement, reduced distraction, and more.

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