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 […]

Why do Expat Assignments Fail ?

Jan 14, 2015 |
expats assignments

Serviced apartments are an important piece in the complex jigsaw of relocation, but they’re only one part of the puzzle. There are thousands of people relocating around the world for assignments on an annual basis. A number of these assignments regrettably fail. Assuming the company has a well-designed global mobility programme, and all things being […]

Defined Benefit Plan Hidden Risks

Jun 4, 2014 |
benefit plan

There are various risks that come with sponsoring a defined benefit plan, including market volatility and liability risk. There are also operational risks which can result in operational defects, inaccurate data and miscalculated benefit obligations. Most plan operations are outsourced to third-party service providers and with this significant outsourcing, plan governance and internal controls are […]

Rights of Job Applicants in Germany

Jun 4, 2014 |
Job Applicants in Germany

The German Federal Labor Court made a very clear ruling regarding job applicants in Germany who are not offered the position for which such applicants applied.  In the Federal Labor Court’s view, a rejected applicant has no right to know whether another applicant was offered or accepted the position.  (Federal Labor Court, verdict dated April 25, […]

Bridging the Great Divide in HR

For years, HR managers have been the enforcers when it comes to establishing employee policies and setting standards for behavior, conduct, and expectations. But in many ways, they’ve become more enmeshed in the demands of corporate compliance than they have in the realm of talent management, engagement, learning and training, and other critical attributes of […]

The Influence of Culture on Comfort

Jun 4, 2014 |
Job Applicants in Germany

There’s no universal standard for what constitutes a comfortable temperature – it depends on what we’re used to. But as the world changes, the definition of comfort is changing with it.Siestas – those glorious, three hour midday breaks – used to be as much a part of Mexican culture as Mariachi and Cinco de Mayo. […]

Relocation Provision affects Assignment Success

Successful international relocation of employees and their dependants requires the co-ordination of a number of related activities and procedures. For long-term international assignments relocation normally consists of the following three integrated stages: 1) preparation, including country briefings, language training, look-see visits and assistance with closing utilities contracts etc; 2) travelling to the host country, plus […]