SAFE to SAFE(R)

Dec 7, 2023 |
A setting sun shines through the narrow gap in a compass that is looking West. The compass and the hand that’s holding it fill most of the right-hand side of the image. Around it, a blurred background reveals a lake thinged red at the edges, giving way to mountains that rise gently either side. SAFE to SAFE(R) is written in the top left corner. Below that, it says Mastering New Work with SAFE(R) Global Mobility. The RES Forum logo is the to right.

by David Enser, Partner at the RES Forum International Human Resource Management (IHRM) and cross-border staffing practices have been profoundly impacted by recent geopolitical crises and the global COVID-19 pandemic. In this dynamic landscape, it is imperative that these practices evolve to become more resilient. The RES Forum’s SAFE(R) model – Smart, Agile, Flawless, Efficient, […]

Writing resilience into the GM playbook

Sep 28, 2023 |
A car drives along a winding road through a dense, autumnal woodland. Across the top in bright teal are the words “writing resilience into the GM playbook.” In the bottom left is written “Resilience and GM, lessons learned and the road ahead.” The RES Forum logo is in the bottom right.

by Louise Worbey, Global Head of GM, KPMG International In July 2020 I wrote an article titled “flexibility and agility post COVID-19.” In it, I proposed that the flexibility and agility already embraced by GM functions would be invaluable in adapting to whatever new normal came from the pandemic. GM leaders would need to articulate […]

Illustration of a young girl surrounded by silhouettes filled with different national flags. “The wellbeing of relocating children is more important than ever.” Expat children and their role in successful global mobility. The RES Forum.

Written by Brenda Bellon, Director of Intercultural Services for Sirva   The COVID-19 pandemic showed the world just how vulnerable children are. The pandemic caused a tremendous amount of stress for everyone, but rates of depression and anxiety among young people rose even more dramatically than for adults. We know that international moves are one […]

A balancing act

Feb 16, 2023 |
A balancing act – Work from anywhere – practical issues and future possibilities. The RES Forum. Red telephone box on a rural country lane in the United Kingdom.

Written by a Carla Foden, Growth Leader and Managing Consultant, Gallagher   Post-pandemic, we have seen a rapid increase in companies offering – or trying to offer – remote working and, indeed, Work from Anywhere. However, when you investigate the finer details, you have to ask, does this truly exist and how often is it […]

Knotted ropes in a harbour under the words Ten DE&I recommendations from leading organizations

This piece is from The RES Forum’s research paper – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in post-pandemic global work, written by Dr. Benjamin Bader and Professor Michael Dickmann.  You can download the paper here.    Build the business case for DE&I DE&I strengthens the generation of ideas through a greater diversity of thought within the organization. […]

A pride parade under the words DE&I and mobility, helping expat partners to anchor remains essential

Written by Jacqueline van Haaften, Global Connection As the daughter of a merchant navy navigation officer, I greatly appreciate the maritime analogies in the RES Forum’s report on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in post-pandemic global work. Just like a captain can’t sail the ship on his or her own, an expat needs the support of […]

Technology vs. humanity in the employee experience

Nov 12, 2021 |
man walking among some technology innovations

Written by a Global Mobility leader in the technology sector This piece is from The RES Forum’s research paper – Technology in Cross-Border Working: disruptive force or old wine in new bottles, October 2021. You can download the paper here.  “As we design the employee experience, it’s so important to decide when an activity should […]

International employee engagement

Apr 16, 2021 |
Couple sat in front of a mountain range

When devising strategies to encourage effective international employee engagement in the time of Covid-19 and beyond, multinationals must seek ways to build and maintain trust with spouses and partners.   A joint decision Let’s agree that the typical candidate for an international assignment is a dedicated, driven individual. They see an international assignment as a […]

work from home

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, there is a growing feeling that we are moving into unchartered waters. We are all learning new vocabulary to describe the processes relating to the virus and how we as a population deal with it: ‘social distancing’, ‘delay phase’, ‘self-isolation’. As part of the measures to help delay […]

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 […]