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 […]

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, […]