White paper | Cultural adaptation: Is it mission critical in the ‘new normal’
international work arrangements?

International work arrangements are evolving.

We have become acclimatised to often living in a volatile, uncertain world. Yet, our subject matter experts argue that this is not a precursor to a slowdown in the war for talent.

Traditional Global Mobility models are shifting to address different business and talent agendas. This well-documented evolution of Global Mobility types also includes an increase of employees self-initiating a relocation as well as a substantial growth in international hires. Even with a variety of policies available, how effectively do organisations ensure that their employees and their families are culturally and emotionally prepare for life in a new arrival country?

Historically, organisations have used cultural and language development programmes for those traditional international assignments that are expected to have critical, strategic impact. How much more critical though, will this be in a post COVID-19 environment as new work arrangements emerge?

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, use of a wide variety of international assignments reflected the key strategic direction multinational organisations were continuing to follow to manage global activity. We explore the question: ‘How will the pandemic repurpose the organisational business model and the use of international work arrangements?’

Written by subject matter experts John Rason , Head of Consulting at Santa Fe Relocation and Daniel Werder, Group Head of Client Development at Santa Fe Relocation, with special guest and Global Mobility leader Dagmar Matějková Chudárková. This Paper will address why organisations need to recognise the impact of cultural adaptation and integration when deploying talent internationally.

Download this white paper to explore:

  • The growth of differential investment in mobility programmes
  • What are the key drivers for employees undertaking international assignments?
  • What are the most challenging destinations for relocation and why?
  • The assignee lifecycle.
  • Physical and mental wellbeing: A duty of care.
  • Mitigating risk.
  • The key to expatriate success.
  • Training in the ‘new normal’
  • The role of digital technology.
  • Why is cultural adaptation in managing virtual assignments critical?

Research and Global Mobility trends from the Santa Fe Relocation’s research report ‘2019 Global Mobility Survey ‘REVISION: Mobility through the looking glass

As part of Santa Fe Relocation’s ‘Global Mobility Insights’ series – supporting HR/Global Mobility teams manage a globally mobile workforce.