Operationalising Global Mobility: Conversations between HR and Mobility - A summary of the Brisbane Chapter Meeting

The FEM Brisbane Chapter Meeting on the 20th February 2018 was titled "Operationalising Global Mobility: Conversations between HR and Mobility"

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The FEM Brisbane Chapter Meeting on the 20th February 2018  was titled “Operationalising Global Mobility: Conversations between HR and Mobility" and hosted by EY.

In today’s economy where companies are increasingly expanding their operations overseas, the need for a global mobility program that houses both the interest of the company and the employee is constantly evolving.

Our panel of speakers (below) have extensive experience working through an evolving global mobility function.

Julieanne Dernier, International Mobility Consultant at ARUP

Tara Jones, Senior HR Consultant - Global Mobility at Boeing Monica Phillips, Mobility Lead - Global Projects at Hatch

The panel was facilitated by Amritha Zachariah of EY answered the following questions: 

1. How does your mobility function sit within your organisational structure?

2. How integrated (or not) do you think mobility should be with HR and also the business? What are some of the challenges?

3. What technology systems do you have and how has it evolved? Does HR or the business access reports in relation to your assignees or mobile workforce? Does the technology integrate with your vendors?

They shared their insight into the need to address the internal structure setup, processes and the technology requirements of a global mobility program. Discussed the technologies they have used and are now using and what they hope to achieve in the future.

Lively Q & A throughout the session, with the audience discussing their own challenges, especially around processes - what does best in class process management would look like? Flexibility, consistency and better use of available technology was repeated throughout by all speakers.  Mitigating risk and improving satisfaction for all stakeholders were successful outcomes being sought.

EY also made available the following paper to the FEM community that related to this discussion.


Aysegul Kayahan

Director, Relocation Specialists

Aysegul Kayahan, managing director of Relocation Specialists in Queensland and Victoria has been in the global mobility industry since 1993. Aysegul started the Forum for Expatriate Management community in Australia in early 2012, with chapters in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. From February 2015 to January 2017, Aysegul was appointed to the role of global chair of Chapter Leads for the Forum for Expatriate Management.

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