One of the common questions jobseekers have when relocating is the difference in cost of living from their current homes. And while the relocation package is always a nice benefit, the impact of maintaining a standard of living for expatriates is a major factor in retention, as well as recruitment Our partner ECA International serves as […]

Culture Wizard

Here at the RES Forum, we get our share of cultural oddities, namely when Ken (that’s me), talks to his American counterpart Jim on Skype. Jim is a Texan, and pretty much every call has to ask me what a word means. The best line was when he said that I was the one who […]

Do You Travel Like A Digital Native?

Jul 21, 2015 |
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The Grand Tour was the highlight of noble European youth for two hundred years, a perk of the upper crust to travel to Italy in search of the roots of Western civilization and of course, sunny beaches. After the advent of rail in the 1800’s, the Grand Tour was opened to travelers of more modest means, […]

global connection

The career of the partner is already a major issue for companies who want to send employees on an international assignment, and will be more so in the future. This finding from a recent survey underlines the importance of support to partners who want to return to work after repatriation. Dual career issue In the […]

RES Forum Roundtable Video, Schaeffler HQ, June 2015

Jul 16, 2015 |
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We have a lovely video put together to show the kinds of people, topics, and fun that can occur at our RES Forum events. In addition to global mobility, we talked about rewards and the future of work. While the forum online is fantastic, and you should register, the ability to get together with other […]

Travel Sites As A Benefit To Expatriates

Jul 14, 2015 |
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Years ago, studies suggested that employees spend more time planning their vacations then they spend planning their careers. That was long before the rise of the Internet, when sites like JetSetter and TripAdvisor offered instant access to beautiful hotels, scenic views, and holiday bargains. While we’re not a vacation review site, there’s no doubt one of […]

Mobility 2020 – July 2015

Jul 10, 2015 |
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VUCA – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex & Ambiguous – the reality in which we as International HR operate, and the theme for our upcoming Autumn 2015 RES Forum event series at Chelsea FC in London, Reebok / adidas Group in Canton, MA and Barclays Bank in Hong Kong. Geopolitics, mass migration, conflict, economic turmoil, demographic change, […]

Of Roundtables And Knightsbridges

Jul 9, 2015 |
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One of the goals of the blog when we first started was to showcase some of the locations where we hold our roundtables. Our social media guy was dreaming of taking pictures of Herzogenaurach, Germany, and walking through the history of the region and the magnificent parts of the Haupstrasse. While the participants got to see […]

The Rest Of The Family: Thinking About The Expat Child

Jul 7, 2015 |
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The idea of travel and living in other countries is fun when you’re unattached, or if you partner is a photographer or writer who dreams of exotic locales brimming with mystery. When your camera bag is replaced with a diaper bag, the need for planning beats the need for romance, and companies moving experienced employees […]

An opportunity to add substantial strategic value

Jul 3, 2015 |
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ECA’s research into current sentiment within the IHR industry shows that more companies continue to forecast increases in long-term assignments than decreases. However, the percentage anticipating a decrease is almost as high now as it was after the early 2000 recession, which in turn was the highest it had been for 20 years. If we […]

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