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New report predicts ‘golden age’ for HR tech

Monday 15 June 2020

  • Virtual working will increase in most companies with investment in enhanced technology
  • 76% of corporations believe that business travel will be reduced in the long-term
  • Two thirds of multinational corporations see a high risk for employee mental health

A ‘golden age’ of HR technology could be coming, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  A new report, co-authored by Professor Michael Dickmann from Cranfield University, has investigated the Global Mobility response to COVID-19. The report found that some multinational companies were completely lacking crisis response plans when the pandemic hit, and many are now adjusting their goals because of movement restrictions and employee wellbeing.

Global Mobility is the function that manages the logistics and the needs of employees who live and work, or travel frequently, to different countries. Many multinational corporations have staff as long- or short-term assignees overseas, and staff who travel internationally for business. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused huge disruption for these companies and their employees.

The report Now, Next and Beyond: Global Mobility’s response to COVID-19, was commissioned by The RES Forum, in association with EY, and surveyed 53 multinational corporations (MNCs) who have large numbers of employees working and moving around the world. The academic team researched crisis planning, Global Mobility action, the short- and long-term impact of the pandemic, and gives insight and recommendations for action.

Key findings include:

  • Less than half of MNCs (49%) have fully implemented a major incident response policy
  • A solid Duty of Care programme before the crisis paid off in terms of switching to crisis mode
  • About half of the MNCs are lagging in the development of suitable action addressing the needs of Global Mobility in the pandemic
  • Two thirds completely suspended all business travel, nationally and internationally
  • More than two thirds of MNCs see a high or extreme risk for assignees’ mental health
  • About one third expects a decrease in assignee satisfaction, due to incomplete and/or changing information from the company
  • Use of virtual work will increase in more than 80% of all companies
  • 76% believe that business travel will be reduced even long beyond the crisis
  • Over half predict a drop in short- and long-term assignments

Michael Dickmann, Professor of International Human Resource Management, said: “I was surprised to see that many companies did not have business continuity plans or crisis strategies in place – which meant they were caught out when COVID-19 swept across the globe. Although corporations adapted quickly, many expect their assignment goals to not be fulfilled. This is partly due to the valid concerns for employees’ mental health and wellbeing; and it’s also due to the restrictions on normal networking and business action.”

“Global HR management may never look the same again,” says Professor Dickmann. “The expected long-term decrease in international business travel and global assignments will impact on talent management, in terms of knowledge creation and corporate integration around the world. Global Mobility professionals are likely to need to develop their skill set further to adapt to the future needs of the business.”

RES Forum partner, David Enser, said: “Great learning and positive action can come of crisis and upheaval – as such, the RES Forum remains resolute of belief in the uniqueness of our mobility industry and academia-acknowledged research agenda – giving full answers, industry and academia-backed, to the provocative questions as the Future of Work unfolds before us.”

The report was co-authored by Dr Benjamin Bader of Newcastle University Business School and is available to view on The RES Forum website.

Research beyond the immediate effects of COVID-19 continues through the Global Mobility of Employees (GLOMO) consortium. The European Union is supporting 15 in-depth research projects that explore global mobility issues financially. One of the projects, led by Cranfield University, looks at micro, meso and macro implications of working in physically and psychologically hostile environments.

The international GLOMO project has selected Tania Biswas and Rodrigo de Melo to University of Vaasa as project researchers. As a part of the international research project, they study global mobility from the viewpoints of wellbeing and success.

Biswas and de Melo are very happy about being a part of the international project and being in Vaasa. De Melo has already recommended the university.

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Global career mobility interests at the University – researchers in the GLOMO project study the wellbeing and career success of expatriates

The international GLOMO project has selected Tania Biswas and Rodrigo de Melo to University of Vaasa as project researchers. As a part of the international research project, they study global mobility from the viewpoints of wellbeing and success.

Biswas and de Melo are very happy about being a part of the international project and being in Vaasa. De Melo has already recommended the university.

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The meeting aimed at kicking off the recruitment period of the 15 ESRs within the 4 million EU research project GLOMO under the Project leadership of Prof. Dr. Maike Andresen, University of Bamberg, Germany. The GLOMO consortium from across Europe builds an ambitious and unique network of experts in the field of global labour mobility in a longer-term bid to tackle increasing labour and skills shortages in the EU.

We are looking forward to three years of intensive knowledge creation around global mobility and its impact on careers and society while training the 15 ESRs for inter and multidisciplinary research and also equipping them with practice related skills. During the kickoff-meeting the entire consortium critically discussed the 15 GLOMO sub-projects that will be worked on in the next three years. All researchers highlighted once again the need for a truly international, interdisciplinary approach to deal with the 15 sub-projects.

Within GLOMO 11 women and 4 men from all over the world were recruited: The ESRs come from 13 different countries and are now spread across the beneficiary institutions in 6 European countries (and will soon again be seconded to other institutions and other countries). This mirrors again that mobility of employees not only is the theoretical and thematic focus of the action, but it will also be lived through the action.

Through its structure, GLOMO is an ambitious and unique network of senior and junior scholars in the field of global mobility. All network partners are engaged in a shared topic, which is highly relevant theoretically as well as in practice. Thus, the project does not only thematically but also through its implementation represent “lived Europe”. It is concerned with exchange and network cooperation across many different cultures – be it national, organisational or research field cultures.

We are particularly proud that we also have the AIRBUS Group as corporate beneficiary in our GLOMO network. Airbus hosts one ESR on their premises and will be actively involved in corroborating the empirical findings in the cross-level research framework of the GLOMO international employer audit.

If you desire further information, you are welcome to contact us:

More information at www.glomo.eu, for all questions please refer to glomo@uni-bamberg.de

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“Glomo” is looking for applicants from all over the world

Maike Andresen has initiated a project on the mobility of workers. Are the professional prospects of a German electrician improving after having worked in Micronesia for five years? Or are employers in the UK happy when a British pharmacist spent three years in Germany? What effect a multi-year stay abroad has on careers abroad and in the home country, “Glomo” wants to find out – the international research project “Global mobility of employees”.

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PhD candidates wanted for an interdisciplinary EU research project

Does a German electrician have better career chances after having worked in Micronesia for five years? Or might employees in Great Britain be enthusiastic about a British pharmacist having worked in Germany for three years? The effects that several years of working abroad might have on a career abroad and in one’s home country is one of the central issues of the international research project GLOMO – Global mobility of employees.

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Kansainvälistä työliikkuvuutta tutkitaan eurooppalaisessa yhteishankkeessa

Vaasan yliopisto sai merkittävän rahoituksen EU:lta – tutkimus- ja tohtorikoulutushanke GLOMO keskittyy kansainväliseen työliikkuvuuteen.

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International labour mobility is being studied in a European joint project

The University of Vaasa has received significant EU funding – The new research and doctoral training programme GLOMO focuses on global mobility of employees.

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News coverage

The article “Network Across Europe – Day-to-day Research in Bamberg” (free translation) covering the GLOMO Project and citing Professor Maike Andresen in the Green-Alternative newspaper (gaz), Bamberg.

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Global career mobility interests at the University – researchers in the GLOMO project study the wellbeing and career success of expatriates

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Launch of GLOMO project

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Neues EU-Forschungsprojekt beleuchtet internationale Arbeitsmigration aus verschiedenen Perspektiven

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Vaasan yliopisto sai merkittävän rahoituksen EU:lta – tutkimus- ja tohtorikoulutushanke GLOMO keskittyy kansainväliseen työliikkuvuuteen

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Vaasan yliopisto sai merkittävän rahoituksen EU:lta – tutkimus- ja tohtorikoulutushanke keskittyy kansainväliseen työliikkuvuuteen

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Finnish university lands funding for EU project

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VAASAN YLIOPISTO: Vaasan yliopisto sai merkittävän rahoituksen EU:lta – tutkimus- ja tohtorikoulutushanke GLOMO keskittyy kansainväliseen työliikkuvuuteen

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