The Unwritten Rules of A Remote Office

May 15, 2015 |

You got the call, the contract, and even a nice signing bonus to get you started. Now you plan how you’re actually going to work with that remote team. It’s hard enough when you’re 30 miles away, but if you’re across a continent, you need to be organized, efficient, and prepared. Here is a list […]

Telepresence Robots Liven Up Any Conference Room

May 12, 2015 |

One of our members was in Dallas, TX this week at a place called the GeekHouse. It’s a production facility for GeekBeatTV, one of the goto online shows for the best of technology. In addition to the 1GB internet line, standing desks, and a frozen Han Solo in carbonite (original replica found in London), they […]

International removals checklist for assignees

May 1, 2015 |

The process of moving house is a juggling act at the best of times but relocating internationally adds additional layers of complexity for your assignee and that means the potential for more stress for them and more risk for you if something goes wrong. As well as the usual tasks like selling / buying / […]

Returning to work : an underestimated problem?

Mar 13, 2015 |
expats assignments

Promoting international mobility by supporting the partners of expatriated employees understandably concentrates on the time the expat partner actually spends abroad. But, through talking to expat partners, we at Global Connection have established that, increasingly, many partners also worry about when they have to go back to their own country. Return to work concerns These […]

SilverDoor Celebrate 15th Birthday

Mar 6, 2015 |
silverdoor birthday

On the 25th February, over 320 of our property partners, clients and suppliers joined us to celebrate our 15th birthday party at our offices in Chiswick. The event coincided with the annual Business Travel Show held at Kensington Olympia, allowing many attendees to let their hair down after a long day exhibiting and it’s safe […]

Is Authenticity the Key to Effective Leadership?

Feb 27, 2015 |
effective leadership

By the time we reach adulthood, most of us have been discouraged from trying to imitate others. While it’s true that we are all influenced by the behavior of other people – it’s impossible to be successful while trying to be a carbon copy of another person. Worse yet, behaving in an inauthentic way can […]

Italy, English and the Calcio Conundrum

Feb 20, 2015 |

Last night I went to see my local football team Celtic play Inter Milan of Italy. A slightly disappointing 3-3 draw, but one of the things I was most looking forward before the game was meeting up with some friends and chaperoning a group of Italians who are friends of my cousin Paolo in Italy […]

temporary accomodation

The process of choosing which temporary accommodation is most suited to your assignee is simple if you’re able to work out their requirements, but how is it done? This is achieved through asking the right questions, which cover the noticeable details and the specifics that may be overlooked by the assignee. The most important aspect […]

Mobility in 2020

Jan 25, 2015 |
Bridging the Great Divide in HR

It’s an interesting question, being asked as I have to speak via live webcast to 47000 employees of a major German company about the future of international mobility and how to truly mobilise our workforce. So many things run through my mind….. the complexities of increasingly different assignment types, the classic arguments for ‘one size […]

cooking english dishes

English cuisine is a constant cause for debate. The truth is, many of our signature dishes fall down due to the fact that high quality ingredients aren’t always used. But the same can be said of every country. Go into your local cafe and you’ll find they may use standard sausages that contain less than […]