Express News Update, January 2012


March 14, 2012



“Creating abundance…
creating possibility.”


Summit Success: EMEA, APAC Summits Represent Nearly 40 Countries

Upcoming Events

Global Mobility Specialist

Modules 2 and 3: Shanghai, China
March 20 & 21, 2012

Module 3: San Antonio, Texas
May 9, 2012

Module 3: Parsippany, New Jersey
June 14, 2012

Modules 2 and 3: Hong Kong
June 21-22, 2012

Module 3: Chicago, Illinois
September 6, 2012

Module 3: Washington, DC
October 3, 2012

Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) Exam

Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) Exam
May 9, 2012
San Antonio, TX + 14 other U.S. Locations


National Relocation Conference
May 9-11, 2012

San Antonio, Texas

Global Workforce Symposium
October 3-5, 2012
Washington, DC


What's New in Immigration - UK Changes That May Affect Your Organization
April 3, 2012 2:00 p.m. (EST)
Free! Sponsored by: Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy

China and European Perspective
May 15, 2012 2:00 p.m. (EST)
Free! Sponsored by: Santa Fe

Partnering with Your Tax and Relocation Providers For Year-End Success | A Corporate Perspective
May 22, 2012 2:00 p.m. (EST)
Free! Sponsored by: The MIGroup

What Really is Going On with Real Estate?
June 19, 2012 2:00 p.m. (EST)
Free! Sponsored by: Cartus

The Current State of Short Sales and Foreclosures: What You Need To Know
September 18, 2012 2:00 p.m. (EST)
Free! Sponsored by: AIReS

The 2012 Biggest Challenges Survey: Issues, Trends, and Best Practices
November 13, 2012 2:00 p.m. (EST)
Free! Sponsored by: Cartus




“Creating abundance…creating possibility.”

If you heard that the keynote speaker for the National Relocation Conference was an expert in space exploration, who made it possible for civilians to catch a ride into the upper atmosphere, who has a remarkable message of how we can all create abundance in our work and personal lives… wouldn’t you want to hear what he has to say? Space entrepreneur turned innovation pioneer Peter Diamandis, who will grace our stage on May 10, co-authored the book “Abundance—the Future is Better Than You Think,” and offers a thrilling antidote to today’s tendency toward pessimism and hopelessness. Find out why he says “Creating abundance is not about creating a life of luxury for everybody on this planet; it's about creating a life of possibility.” And in the process, find out how to apply that concept to your work and business strategy.



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Summit Success: EMEA, APAC Summits Represent Nearly 40 Countries

We are reaching more countries and more professionals with our talent mobility message! Worldwide ERC®’s Global Workforce Summit: Talent Mobility in EMEA, held February 21-22 in London, welcomed 350 attendees (nearly 50% of whom were corporate HR professionals) with 29 countries represented. And not to be outdone, next week’s Global Workforce Summit: Talent Mobility in APAC has raised the roof on registrations! More than 500 mobility professionals are getting ready to travel to Shanghai next week – half of them are corporate HR professionals – and overall, they hail from 27 countries! (Between both Summits, a total of 39 countries are represented.)

Why not plan ahead for next year – remember these meetings for 2013!

Worldwide ERC®’s Global Workforce Summit: Talent Mobility in EMEA  
February 2013   
London, UK

Worldwide ERC®’s Global Workforce Summit: Talent Mobility in APAC 
March 2013  
Shanghai, China



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U.S. Mobility Survey

Sponsored by TRC Global

Worldwide ERC®’s new survey, U.S. Mobility, examines current policies and practices important to us managing today’s mobile workforce including those pertaining to domestic short-term assignments, split-family relocations and families.  Some of the survey findings:

  • Two-thirds of transferees are reported married and six in 10 have dependent children.
  • Over two-thirds of respondents have encountered a split-family relocation within their company over the past two years and one-third have observed an increase in these types of moves.

Split-family relocations are those in which the employee moves in advance of the family for an indeterminate amount of time due to economic reasons. Difficulty in selling the home in the old location (or the inability to do so at all) is the primary reason employees are opting to move on their own initially (cited by nearly 90 percent of respondents experiencing these types of moves).

Click here for more details on how organizations are adjusting their policies to accommodate these moves, as well as a comprehensive examination of transferee demographics, short-term assignments, commuter assignments, spouse employment, elder care, and child care.


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Connections with Integrity  

Reid Hoffman, the venture capitalist who cofounded LinkedIn, recently wrote for strategy+business about the surefire system that he has used since high school for evaluating potential business relationships. Placing such relationships into categories, he describes what he thinks are the four attitudes of alliances, including:  

  1. “I’ll do something for you, if you’ll do something for me.”
  2. “I’ll do something for you, but I’m keeping track of what you owe me.” 
  3. “I’ll invest in this relationship, and I expect you to invest commensurately over time.”
  4. “I’ll invest in this relationship because it is the right thing to do.” 

Hoffman notes, “One way to help nurture good alliances is to provide early and explicit signs of your own commitment, showing people that you actually care about helping them. My name for this practice is the ‘theory of small gifts.’ There are many small ways to invest in a relationship and create more value for everyone, without expecting anything tangible in return. For example, you can offer to introduce people to others in your network; if the introduction is well chosen, it can be one of the most valuable things you can do for someone. When I introduce two people on LinkedIn, my expectation is that both people will appreciate the introduction, even if a specific business transaction does not happen.

“It seems counterintuitive, but the more altruistic your attitude, the more benefits you will gain from the relationship. If you insist on a quid pro quo every time you help others, you will have a much narrower network and a more limited set of opportunities. Conversely, if you set out to help others by introducing them to the right people, simply because you think it’s the right thing to do, you will rapidly reinforce your own reputation and expand your universe of possibilities. For me, that is the greatest value of understanding alliances; it can help you build the kind of network on which great careers are built.”


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Must-read: March Mobility

When an Assignee Goes Missing
By Carole Moore
Nobody wants to think about one of their assignees going missing while working abroad, but it is a distinct possibility in many countries. The time to prepare for that possibility is well before it happens. Learn what kind of plan you need to have in place, including if you need kidnap, ransom, and extortion insurance, as well as tips for your assignee from the experts.

Your Talent is Your Investment
By Jill Heineck, CRP
Even with the uncertainty surrounding the economy, companies are preparing for growth by creating new positions and retaining the top talent.  Heineck educates on how a company attracts top talent for the right positions, and how you can make yourself stand out to them. 

The Brazilian Connection
By Sean Dubberke
In the 21st century businesses have been flocking to Brazil in hopes of capitalizing on South America’s economic superpower that has risen to the fifth most populated country in the world. Learn how its past influences people today, and the keys to building personal and professional relationships in this unique country.

Expert Guidance to Mobility Coordinates
By Jacqueline Hauser
Have you ever had questions about how to successfully navigate today’s most common mobility challenges? Read this article for tips on managing business travelers and extended business travelers, to know the best way to have a successful repatriation or are seeking information on  the integration of mobility and talent management.

Read the entire issue online.


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So much to do, so little time! Attend the National Relocation Conference May 9-11

Your time is a precious commodity, and that’s why it makes so much sense to tap into a phenomenal benchmarking, education and networking source in one location: at the  National Relocation Conference!


  • Policy Benchmarking: Attend a hands-on workshop for government and corporate HR professionals responsible for their own company's mobility program to discuss and share innovative solutions to the toughest policy issues. Three CRP® recertification credits will be given for attendance at the Corporate Benchmarking.
  • Strategies for Ensuring that Exceptions Remain “The Exception”
  • Worldwide ERC®’s U.S. Tax and Legal Update

Education (just a sample of our sessions…view the full list here.)

  • Renters: The New Majority – Building a Productive Renter Program
  • Short Sales: Separating Fact from Fiction
  • From a Fork in the Road to a Merge of Ideas: The Mobility Industry in 2012 and Beyond, and much more.


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7 Reasons (some global!) That U.S. Job Gains Could Last This Time

Does a happier ending await the job market this time? Economists seem to think so. For reasons ranging from progress on Europe's debt crisis to a slowly improving housing market to slightly less gridlock in Congress, the economy and the job market appear better able to withstand setbacks than they were in 2011. U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs in February, the third straight month of 200,000-plus job growth. The unemployment rate remained 8.3 percent, but it was 9 percent as recently as September. By all measures, the job market is strengthening by the month. Companies have cut debt, consumer finances are healthier, and banks are on surer footing. Click to read the entire article.

The workforce mobility/relocation industry has many openings awaiting the right candidate – you! Visit Worldwide ERC® Career Center for the latest jobs available in our industry.

Want to make yourself more competitive? Earn your CRP® May 9! Commit to success and power your career by registering, studying and sitting for the exam in San Antonio or any other 14 locations in the U.S. on May 9. Note: space is limited and not guaranteed after March 28! Exam Details.  Eligibility Requirements. Click here to learn more and register for the exam.



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Talent Management in EMEA: Policy Challenges Addressed

In January, Worldwide ERC® sent an online survey to HR global mobility professionals who were either located in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, had attended a past Global Workforce Summit in EMEA, or were registered for this year’s Summit in London. Nearly 50 HR/mobility professionals responded to the survey examining issues including talent management, mobility policy and practices as well as the challenges faced when moving employees into the various regions in EMEA.

Four out of 10 companies include extended business travel in their mobility policy within EMEA and another 47 percent have no plans to include it in their mobility policy, while the remaining companies (13 percent) plan to include it in their policies in the near future.

Seventy‐two percent of organizations reported having a formal policy specifically for short‐term international assignments within EMEA while only 37 percent have a formal policy in this region for cross‐border commuter assignments.

The most persistent challenges facing respondents in Western and Central Europe are skills shortage in the local population (49 percent and 57 percent respectively) followed by employment regulations (46 percent). In Eastern Europe, the primary challenges are immigration issues (50 percent) and employment regulations (50 percent) while the Middle East’s most insistent challenge is immigration ‐‐ reported by 53 percent of companies. The strong majority (81 percent) of respondents indicate security is the most persistent challenge for assignments in Africa, followed by immigration issues ‐‐ noted by 63 percent of respondents

Advance your career and multi-cultural knowledge to address issues in your region by earning your Global Mobility Specialist® (GMS®) designation. Modules 1 and 2 are offered online, saving you time out of the office. Module 3 - The Intercultural Challenge: Doing Business Globally will be offered in various locations in the United States in 2012. San Antonio, Texas May 9; Parsipanny, New Jersey June 14; Chicago, Illinois, September 6; and Washington, DC October 3.


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