The Biggest Challenges Facing Relocation Managers: Cartus Releases 2015 Survey Report
Cartus works with a broad base of global clients, and we see firsthand the array of relocation challenges that global mobility managers and their relocating employees face around the world. In our fifth annual Trends in Global Relocation: Biggest Challenges survey, 148 mobility managers provided insights on the issues they are encountering and what their companies are doing in response.
For insights gleaned from respondents on their approaches and recommendations, request a copy of the full survey report or take a look at our Survey Highlights. And if you weren’t able to attend our Worldwide ERC® webinar on November 11, I urge you to listen to a playback of the webinar where we shared information into the specific issues our clients are facing.
The survey findings include:
- Cost control is the biggest relocation challenge—not surprisingly, the top challenge facing most relocation managers is, once again, controlling relocation/assignment costs, named by 78% of respondents.
- Increased difficulty with compliance—a significant finding this year is increased difficulty with complying with laws and regulations. Challenges related to complying with laws and regulations not only moved into the number-two spot, but also posted the biggest increase by far (17 percentage points) from the challenges listed in our 2014 report.
- Assignments still seen as positive—even with all of the challenges facing relocation programs, 81% of respondents agreed that the impact of an international assignment on an assignee’s career was positive.
From an international assignee perspective, they were likely to have several challenges in common: long wait times to obtain work visas, payroll problems, and issues with housing. To meet these challenges, companies really need to plan ahead and set assignees’ expectations up front.
The survey also shed light on some of relocation’s hottest topics, including some newer policy types companies are using, such as talent swaps and “expat lite”; how companies are handling repayment agreements; and what steps companies are putting into place to increase their ROI on international assignments.
Find Out More About the Biggest Relocation Challenges
As mentioned above, if you’re looking for more detail on the top concerns facing mobility professionals, as well as insights from respondents on their approaches and recommendations, request a copy of the full survey report or take a look at our Survey Highlights. And if you were unable to attend our Worldwide ERC® webinar on November 11, you can listen to a playback of the webinar where we shared insights into the specific issues our clients are facing, how they are prepared to meet them, and best practices for in key locations.