International Mobility

Additional Risks for MIning Travellers and Expats

July 06, 2017

As the industry picks up momentum more miners through acquisition, exploration, or joint venture will be venturing abroad with more employees undertaking international travel or being located overseas creating greater exposure to accident...Read more

Expatriate Housing Policy and the Quick Solution

June 03, 2017

We were recently asked via circulated email whether the sale costs of an expatriate's home in Canada should be reimbursed if the company was already paying for housing in the host location. In order to provide a response twenty more questions were required but two things occurred to me:

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Canadian Expatriate Healthcare

May 12, 2016

Last month saw another US provider launch a product aimed at meeting the needs of Canadians working abroad. It has great features and supporting network but like many others it is a plan adapted from a US model and doesn't immediately appear to accommodate the ways in which Canadian ...Read more

Cultural Awareness

August 16, 2015

Judging by the number of articles currently circulating in social media the topic de jour appears to be cultural awareness. Mostly written to sell plug-and-play training, they document the social faux pas of witless expatriates.

Having been fortunate to have lived and worked in ma...Read more

Global Employment: Managing Flight Risk

October 01, 2014

In the 1980's companies were "international" in structure with local subsidiaries created in the image of the home office. Quite often, local talent wasn't available, trusted or capable of representing the home location. Expatriates from home office filled the gap.

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An Introduction to Global Employment - What is a GEC?

September 03, 2014

The ultimate approach to Global Employment is to create a Global Employment Company (GEC) or payroll service company as they are sometimes known. As far as we can tell GEC's have been around since the early seventies when US companies opening up the Middle East oil fields were trying to limit ...Read more

An Introduction to Global Employment Strategies

August 21, 2014

Global Employment (GE) strategies and supporting organizational models have increased significantly in popularity in recent years with international employers. While many readers will be familiar with the term, "GE" theory and methodology is not as widely understood. GE refers ...Read more

Mitigating People Risk in International Assignments

June 02, 2014

We have been discussing in recent blogs the often unrecognized business risks that can arise without careful employee management and how these potentially damaging events can be avoided.

I recently participated in a discussion about the reasons for international assignments failing and...Read more

International and Global: What's the difference?

March 26, 2012

What is the difference between an international company and a global one? 

It may be academic if you operate and are resident in one country. However, the moment you start asking the team to work abroad you'll run into the differences very quickly.

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Who's Winning the War for Mobile Talent

January 11, 2012

The offer came at a good time for Kevin, he felt ready for a new opportunity. But relocating his family was going to be a big deal. Ensuring that they would be happy and settled in the new location was the primary consideration but so too was making sure that the whole adventure was going to b...Read more
The “Stay Put” Generation

January 04, 2011

The Baby Boomers have contributed to much expatriate activity worldwide. And you already know the retirement of the Baby Boomer generation will take a sizeable chunk of the existing mobile workforce away. However, generations X, Y and Z’s have travelled extensively before beginning their...Read more

Getting Global

January 16, 2007

"You Don’t Get Global by Flying Business Class and staying at the Four Seasons”

“Our people must understand and learn from the culture and values that we are sending them and their families into.”

 We have heard this before but perhaps it has never been mo...Read more