Navigating Our Way as ONE to GWS

Charting a new course in Chicago

We are less than one week from Global Workforce Symposium (GWS) 202ONE. I can’t believe it’s almost here, and I can’t wait to meet everyone. I attended my first in-person event with members two weeks ago at the Rocky Mountain Relocation Council. Let me just say, GWS is going to be a lot of fun. 

I told our members in Colorado that we are sailors right now on a sea of uncertainty. We know our destination – to move talented people where they are needed – but our course is not straight, and we must focus on three horizons at once.

First, we have to keep the ship moving forward safely. We have to tack to navigate around the immigration and supply chain barriers that are coming at us. We need to adjust our expectations about how fast we can sail and how much it will cost.  

Second, we need to work with talent acquisition, HR, procurement and other teams to understand how our journey may be changing. We may need to stop at new ports of call to pick up or drop off talent. We may have fewer passengers, but they may expect us to do more to care for them during the journey.

Finally, we need to keep our eyes on the skies for potential storms. These are the legislative and regulatory changes that we know will come as public policymakers figure out how to collect taxes, manage borders, protect privacy and deal with the myriad of other issues related to the changes in how and where we live and work. 

Fortunately, we have a place to dock to share stories about our own journeys, learn lessons from each other and fortify ourselves for what lies ahead and that is in Chicago next week at GWS.

See you there.

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