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HR Interview: Global Mobility

Frank Schuitema is the Director of Global Compensation for International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (IFF) in New York, New York. IFF is a leading global creator of flavors and fragrances used in a wide variety of consumer productsFrank Schuitema to millions of customers globally on a daily basis. Frank is responsible for the design, implementation, planning and administration of all non-executive compensation programs including job evaluation, benchmarking, market reviews, salary structure and variable pay and the administration of executive compensation programs. He also oversees the management of the global mobility program for IFF.

Expert Interview: Temporary Corporate Housing

Everybody within the relocation industry knows that temporary corporate housing plays a major role in transferee Kelly Reganexperience. Finding a new home at destination isn’t always a cake walk and for many, temporary housing is a vital benefit. A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of picking the brain of Kelly Regan, Executive VP of GO Furnished Housing. It’s so valuable to gain insight from our trusted vendor network here at XONEX and I knew that her experience in the corporate housing world would be valuable to not only those on the RMC side, but also those of you in HR and procurement.

Repatriation and Retention Lessons from FEM

Recently I attended the Forum for Expat Management 2015 NYC Roadshow. What an exciting buzz with many people in attendance from both the corporate and supplier side of global mobility! Everywhere I looked people were gathered together either at a roundtable event, a session, a supplier booth, or just in groups chatting about global mobility. One of my favorite panel sessions was “Repatriation, Localization, or Redeployment – Exploring the Best Succession Plans to Retain Top Talent.” The panel, moderated by Brian Friedman, Founder, FEM included Tricia Schneider, Director of Global Mobility, American Express; Melissa Sudano, Director of Global Mobility, CA Technologies; and Patricia Tavares, Global Mobility Regional Head – Americas, HSBC. Their combined expertise left me with several lessons but, today, I wanted to share some thoughts on repatriation and retention specifically.

Relocation Policies Across the Generations

I’ve written about Millennials and menu programs in the past and, as a team, we have certainly covered the generations in our EBooks. But, the discussion is important. As we all know, the makeup of the average assignee/transferee pool continues to change with the progression of the Millennials into the ranks and the exit of the Baby Boomers. For the first time ever, we have four generations working together – and that’s diversity that people rarely think about in the grand scheme of the diversity conversation.

Helpful Networking Tips for Everyone

Southeast Regional Relocation Conferences and EventsBack in September I attended the Southeastern Regional Relocation Council fall conference, one of my big relocation industry conferences and events. The whole event was a great learning experience, but one session in particular stuck with me. Heather Post from Etiquette Seed presented a session titled “Business Etiquette.” Her humorous style and high quality information regarding the importance of networking made for an incredible session. With holiday parties approaching and new goals being set, I thought it’d be great to take what I learned from her, and spread some helpful networking tips for everyone, in any industry.

Two Relocation and HR Lessons from the Worldwide ERC Conference

As you know, I recently attended the Worldwide ERC conference in Chicago, IL. I love leaving a conference with my head filled with new experiences, new friends and a whirlwind of new educational information. In addition to my learnings about big data and relocation, which I discussed in my last post, I also took away two recurring lessons that I want to share here. These lessons dominated my dinner table conversation so, clearly, everyone is thinking about it!

Can Big Data Bring Relocation into the Future?

Who out there went to the recent Worlwide ERC Global Workforce Symposium in Chicago? I think it’s one of the best relocation conferences and events every year. We had a great time in the “Windy” city, which has a lot of history, skyscrapers and great places to eat. Fun fact: did you know that the Hilton Chicago (where the conference was held) is a famous landmark that overlooks Grant Park, Lake Michigan, and the Museum Campus? It is also the third-largest hotel in Chicago and has the largest total meeting and event space of any Chicago hotel. The hotel has housed every president of the United States since its opening in 1927!

HR Interview: The Future of Relocation

Last year, at a CMARC conference, I had the pleasure of meeting Maggie Huffman and Jason Beane, both of whom support relocation programs for Time Warner Cable. Maggie was a panelist speaking about global mobility and Jason was there to provide support and additional insights based on his experiences. Later, when I was asked to author this blog, I immediately thought of Maggie and Jason because they are both so engaging and they make it a point to stay on top of domestic and global relocation issues and trends.

Next Gen Interview: Where is the Relocation Industry Headed?

Several years ago at an annual Worldwide ERC Conference I met Aurora Hughes. She is such an interesting young woman who has been in and around the relocation industry her entire life. She is filled with enthusiasm about relocation, so  she was one of the first people who came to my mind when I thought about writing a post about what the up and coming generation of leaders think about the future.

What are SAS 70 and SSAE 16?

In the relocation industry we use a lot of jargon and abbreviations. HHG means household goods, SIT stands for storage in transit, and transferee refers to your relocating employee. But perhaps the most confusing, yet among the most important are SAS70 and SSAE16.

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