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2020 was many things, but most of all, it was a year of disruption. From our personal lives to the way we work, few could have expected the multitude of hurdles one year would throw our way. We may still be reeling from these changes as we approach the end of February and beginning of March, but the mobility industry has proven its ability to adapt. In this month’s issue of Mobility magazine, our new Board of Directors Chair Andrew Walker, GMS-T, looks back on how members of our organization were able to shift gears and successfully navigate through some of the huge obstacles resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
While the pandemic threw challenges our way at a rapid pace, from shut borders to restricted travel, the opportunity for businesses to prove their flexibility was immense. It was a time for mobility professionals to truly look at their roles and reexamine priorities, then put planning to action.
One of the biggest areas for mobility professionals to do this was through compliance. As the pandemic continued to upend traditional assignments, questions began to arise, such as what to do if a company suddenly moved an employee to a different country to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks or pending border closures. Further, how were employers supposed to quickly and adeptly manage the complexities of tax compliance of employees working from anywhere around the world? Mobility professionals, with their in-depth knowledge of managing the distributed workforce, stepped up to the plate to help.
Now, this strategic importance that mobility has demonstrated can help not just organizations, but governments as well as they work to prepare for any new scenarios. “By sharing the perspective of businesses operating internationally with government entities on issues such as taxation and travel permissions, we can pave the way for regulations that reduce uncertainty, speed processes, and support international mobility,” says Walker.
As we move forward into 2021, with COVID-19 still a predominant force in our lives, mobility will continue demonstrate that even when the unexpected happens, mobility will continue to have an increasingly important role in making business, and the world better. “As we proved in 2020, mobility professionals have a role to play in supporting nearly every aspect of an organization. We have demonstrated our value to legal, compliance, and accounting teams. We can create new partnerships with communications, talent management, benefits, and other professionals who can leverage our expertise in so many ways.”
To read more about what Worldwide ERC® Chair Andrew Walker had to say, check out this month’s issue of Mobility Magazine. Then, join Walker and Worldwide ERC® President and CEO Lynn Shotwell this week in our town hall, where they will share Worldwide ERC® ’s plans for helping you adapt to the disruption shaking our industry. This is your opportunity to ask questions and share ideas, and you can help us address what’s on your mind by sending questions HERE. Register now and join us on 24 February at 11 AM (EST)!
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