Relocation policies more about speed, dexterity

New generation of global assignee emerging
By Tim McCarney
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/06/2011

For decades, companies have relied on traditional, long-term expatriate assignments to help meet global business objectives. But economic challenges are forcing companies to use new strategies and, at the same time, a new generation of global assignee is emerging.

Today, more employees have spouses with careers and they have dual incomes they don’t want to disrupt. Companies also need speed and dexterity to take advantage of global opportunities and they need more fluid, cost-efficient ways to move global talent across borders.

While the best and brightest will always require special attention, in most cases, companies no longer need to engage in extensive negotiations with potential assignees — they understand the value of international experience.