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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Attend Worldwide ERC’s Global Workforce Symposium: Free for First-Time Corporate HR Professionals

If you’re a corporate or government HR/relocation representative, and you’re responsible for administering your own company’s workforce mobility program, and you have never been to one of Worldwide ERC’s annual meetings, you’ll be glad to know about a limited offer to attend the Global Workforce Symposium in Seattle, Washington, USA for your first time … for free!

We want to expand our growing community of professionals who manage their company’s workforce mobility function. Those who manage global workforce mobility know it is shifting dramatically and in unexpected ways. In fact, the theme of this year’s Global Workforce Symposium is “Workforce Mobility: The Game is Changing … Are You?,” and the focus will be on new rules, strategies and tactics in global workforce mobility. And as our Symposium veterans who have benchmarked with corporate colleagues at this event in the past would attest, more HR professionals means better networking and deeper industry data for everyone attending. (more…)

Economic Immigration to the UK: A Consultation on the Annual Limit

Following its election in May 2010, the UK Coalition Government has announced its intention to introduce an annual limit (cap) on the number of non-EU economic migrants admitted to the UK to live and work. Limits or caps are currently utilised in various forms in a number of countries, and this move follows the establishment of the UK Immigration Points Based System set up in November 2008, which streamlined UK immigration.

Following this announcement, the UK’s independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has been asked by the Government to manage a consultation process on certain aspects of the limit’s permanent level and how it might be achieved. The Consultation period has commenced and will run until 7 September 2010.

The intention to introduce an annual immigration limit has implications for organisations relocating non-EU employees into the UK and the MAC is keen to hear from companies with any interest in any aspect of their consultation

In addition, our global immigration partner Fragomen LLP is actively participating in the MAC consultation and is compiling a detailed response as part of this process.

Cartus has sent a MobilityInsights document on this subject to clients in the EMEA region.

Connecting Global Talent Management with Global Mobility Management

For the last several years, the National Foreign Trade Council’s International Human Resources program working committees have increasingly focused on linking global talent development and the effective planning and usage of cross-border assignments. Although this is not unexpected, it is surprisingly not common practice — even within major multinational corporations (MNCs).

Certainly there are a small number of leading companies that have been role models for years in their holistic approach to global talent management. In our experience, it is only within the last three to five years that other MNCs, which are successful in their international business activities, have begun to place more attention on a structured approach to talent development through the use of cross-border assignments. Some of the contributing factors for this include:

1) Demographic trends within headquarter countries; a war for talent

2) Expansion of business activities into newer or emerging markets (Africa, China, India, the Middle East)

3) Increased competition from non-U.S. MNCs (Brazilian, Chinese, Indian) within their borders and internationally

4) Career aspirations of young professionals (ages 23 to 35)

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Saying Yes to the Coffee and Dates: Developing Intercultural Competencies

Sitting in a Dubai hotel lobby, I was enjoying the hospitality, sipping Arabic coffee and eating dates, when I was alarmed by a non-Arab business traveller’s adamant rejection of the cup of Arabic coffee being offered by his host.  

I couldn’t help but think how this rejection of hospitality might have been avoided. Very often, because of gaps in their knowledge of the local culture, non-Arab nationals unintentionally appear discourteous, such as when they reject the coffee and dates that are routinely offered during a business meeting. They are not naturally sensitive to the culture and its tradition that says business ought not to be conducted before hospitality has been displayed. The offer of coffee and dates is an invitation to extend a relationship, not to share a snack. (more…)

Realogy Reports Results for Second Quarter 2010

Early this afternoon, our parent company, Realogy Corporation, issued its Second Quarter 2010 financial and operating results. Realogy had a strong second quarter, and the Company was pleased with the overall performance of its business, including Cartus, for this reporting period.

A link to the full release is provided here. You can also visit a link to the recording of the earnings webcast via the Investor Information section of the Realogy Web site.

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