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A deeper understanding of overall
business objectives—with the imperative of speedier solutions—is all part of
mobility’s transformational journey, detailed in Worldwide ERC®’s recent report
“The Perfect Storm: Mobility
Professionals Decode the Future.” Today’s mobility reaches out beyond the tactical
and operational to serve as a strategic partner to talent management and
First up for mobility professionals: Acquiring
knowledge of the company’s business objectives, because this is what drives the
talent management requirements where mobility can offer recommendations and
A survey of 371 in-house mobility practitioners
undertaken for the Perfect Storm report shows this is an area that needs more
attention; in fact, 65% of respondents note they are at best moderately
knowledgeable about the objectives of the business units for which they move
employees (Chart 1). How can the mobility function quickly respond and offer
solutions to business challenges if it first must take time to get up to speed on
the business units’ objectives?
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Agility to meet changing business requirements
can be difficult in large, more traditional organizations with established
procedures on policy writing, communications, training and technology.
Sarah Hunt, Associate Director of
Global Mobility at Mondelēz International, suggests:
“The more flexibility we
can build into what we’re doing, the easier it is to move on a dime when we
have to change to meet business needs. If you can’t be agile enough to meet the
business needs, business units will go around you, and that’s where you end up
with issues and problems.”
Global Employee Mobility Director
Kerwin Guillermo at Hewlett Packard Enterprise emphasizes that mobility
professionals need to see things from the business leaders’ perspective,
discerning “what’s their problem, what will help them, what will harm them.”
He notes that business leaders need to
see that mobility professionals can “partner with other parts of HR and provide
interventions that will allow them to hit their objectives.”
Knowledge of business objectives is
foundational to next-gen mobility. But it’s not an imperative that’s coming –
it’s already here! Mobility professionals who cultivate an awareness of the
objectives of the business units for which they move employees can help identify
issues from a broader perspective, enabling more efficient and targeted
strategic mobility counsel.
future-forward mobility insights, download Worldwide ERC®’s report: The Perfect Storm: Talent Mobility Leaders
Decode the Future.
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