Coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandably having a significant impact on how companies view workforce mobility. Companies are reassessing the support and care they provide to their mobile employees, the impact of extensive international travel on the health of their workers and the planet, and the opportunities arising from the success of remote working.
We ran a second pulse survey to understand more about how companies are adapting to the ‘here and now’ and what strategic changes they’re planning for the long term. Over 250 People Leaders from more than 30 countries, sharing their plans and predictions with us.
What’s striking is that attitudes and expectations are changing fast. Almost 3 in 10 (27%) say that COVID-19 will have a fundamental impact on how their company views workforce mobility and the need for international moves. That’s up from 12% in our April survey. What’s more, the number of respondents saying that they expect to return to business as usual, with the same number of international moves, has dropped from 44% to 24% from April to June.
We believe workforce mobility has a moment in time to build back better. Opportunities for getting global exposure and international experience will be fairer and more inclusive. Workforce mobility will enable businesses to become more agile and thoughtful about where (and who) to invest (in). Companies will become more responsible about the impact of international travel on their people and the planet’s wellbeing. And there’ll be more focus on the balance between global moves and building local talent.
Now is the time for People and Mobility leaders to be at the forefront of enabling a more global, virtual and flexible business. To do this they’ll need to ensure they have the right processes, teams and technology in place to support their customers and deliver real business value.
As one respondent said ‘We will need to re-align the mobility services we offer to meet the requirements of a changed business and social landscape. We need to complement the more traditional models for deploying skills across borders with alternative arrangements, including sometimes moving the work to the skills.’
Now is the time to innovate and build workforce mobility back, better.