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P: Policies. It's almost a given that policies
will be evolving more rapidly than ever in 2021,
as corporations continue to mitigate the coronavirus. The policies that will change the most
rapidly will likely involve the transferee's family,
with family concerns about safety and children's
education often dictating whether an expat
wants to stay with or leave an assignment. But
changes will be at every corner. Since July 2020,
for instance, Singapore has twice tightened
rules around employment visas for foreigners by
raising minimum salaries. The coming year looks
no less complicated.
Q: EQ-CQ-IQ. These were important in the
past and will continue to be in the future. EQ
refers to emotional intelligence; CQ, cultural
intelligence; and IQ, ordinary intelligence.
Anyone working in a global environment must
have all three in order to succeed-especially
with increased stress and anxiety around work
and family. Expats in particular need these skills
to adapt in a new location.
R: RFPs. Generally, at the beginning of a move,
a company will ask a relocation company for a
request for proposal. RFPs are commonplace as
companies continue to look for great partners
to help them manage their mobile workforce.
Pending the virus, RFPs should be on the rise as
companies and employees slowly return to a more
normal style of work and reevaluate their policies
and how they fit into their new business normal.
At the same time, procurement departments at
corporations are getting more involved in negotiations and vetting, while service providers are trying
to streamline the process.
S: Software. Technology and new software
are continuing to change the mobility landscape
and elevate the employee experience. Tech tools
are enabling us to transform how we identify
diverse talent, manage performance, upskill
employees, prepare expats and families for
relocation, manage compliance, and so much more.
T: Taxes. 2020 and 2021 are going to be
heavy years around tax compliance. While
governments lifted some restrictions on when
individuals were liable or not for tax payments-
based on their time in a country due to the
pandemic-this may not continue. Companies
will need to be vigilant in knowing where their
employees are located. Remote work and

distributed workforces will also add complexities
in tracking employees globally and the tax
obligations that may be associated with them
from a personal and corporate tax perspective.
U: Untapped talent (including diver-

sity, equity, and inclusion). As companies

everywhere wake up to the need for systemic
change in order to embed diversity, equity, and
inclusion into their day-to-day practices, those
changes will likely reveal untapped talent. Often,
you have the right person for the job within a
company-or if you consider relocating them to
the job site where you need them.
V: Vendors. Vendors within the mobility
ecosystem continue to partner in order to further
the industry and the role we play in the support of
talent globally.
W: Worldwide. The world may have changed,
but global markets will continue, and companies still
will need to rely on global talent. As we continue to
navigate ongoing changes due to the pandemic and
other disruptive events, Worldwide ERCĀ® remains at
the forefront of where work is going.
X: Expenses and flexibility. For the foreseeable future, expenses and budgets are going
to be prone to dramatic change as travel restrictions may change on the spur of the moment or
flights may be canceled. Relocation professionals
will need to stay nimble, and their clients are
going to need to stay informed and to be conditioned to expect the unexpected.
Y: YP40. Mobility professionals under 40 will
want to connect with Worldwide ERCĀ®'s Young
Professionals Under 40, or YP40, group. This
dynamic community helps young relocation and
mobility professionals build relationships with
each other and industry experts-to establish
mentorships, build networks, and deepen everyone's careers.
Z: Gen Z. For this newest generation of
expats and relocation professionals-born in
the mid-1990s to about 2010-it's essential
that managers understand what drives Gen Z,
including smart technology, work-life balance,
and learning styles that lean on collaboration
and hands-on methods.
Geoff Williams is an Ohio-based freelance writer
with expat experience and is a frequent contributor
to Mobility.


https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-10-05/as-singapore-moves-to-protect-local-jobs-expats-question-their-role https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-10-05/as-singapore-moves-to-protect-local-jobs-expats-question-their-role http://www.worldwideerc.org

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