As an advisor to both profit and non-profit multinational organisations, researcher for several government agencies and later on as chairperson to the interest organisation Dutch Expatriation Foundation, for many years I witnessed the employers’ quest for more efficiency when dealing with cross border deployment.
I was a witness to every new trend: from strongly-staffed international HR departments via full-scale outsourcing of the international HR-function, back to shrunken HR-departments. From extensive expat-reward packages via sobered-up local policies to the self-employed and do-it-yourself expat. From long-term assignments towards short-term postings, rotational and virtual assignments, international business commuters, global nomads, etc..
But whatever employers try out, time after time daily reality catches up with them: A very complex field of action, not only because of the many disciplines, the international context, the ever changing ‘expat’s social-cultural profile, and the constant modification of rules and regulations, but also because of the fact that the economic climate has such direct impact on the reward package, staffing of the HR department, compliance and enforcement, and last but certainly not least: attracting and retaining of employees.
Such as now: new challenges are rapidly coming towards us. Shortage in the national labour market forces employers to make an even larger appeal to the international labour market and further differentiate forms of assignments and reward packages. This results in yet more work-pressure for international HR-professionals, drawing heavily on the relation employer-employee.
In short, high time for the course to change towards the only workable solution: Expatise™, a non-commercial, collaborative network that based on the expertise of and in close cooperation with
expatriation-stakeholders (hence the name) provides dedicated education .
It is up to you to assess whether we live up to our pretentions. Looking forward to meeting you at one of our events and learning the results of your assessment !
Managing director of the Expatise Academy