Who among us feels like an old pro at virtual meetings by now? Who also feels a bit fatigued by virtual meetings? Given that online gatherings remove the physical cues and subtleties we typically register in person, we sometimes can miss out on the entire message being delivered. We lack the full complement of office […]
Tipping in Bangladesh can be complicated. What statement is false? Even though hotels charge a service fee, hotel staff expect a small tip. Bangladeshis do not tip in restaurants. Never tip a delivery person as it is considered insulting. Foreigners are expected to tip in upscale restaurants. Click here for the answer!
The release of iOS 14 has brought many new features and capabilities to iPhone and iPad users. Features of particular interest to the globally mobile are expanded Maps features, and the new Apple app Translate. While translation apps have been available for mobile phones for some time, one that is native to the operating system […]
We can safely say that business during the last six months has predominately taken place over video. Communicating by video conference has become second nature for many of us, as it is now part of a daily routine and plays an increasing role in our lives. Especially with geographically dispersed teams, video conferences help to […]
This week’s newsletter is a bit of a departure. Instead of our usual articles covering a wide range of relocation topics, this is a letter of gratitude. Full credit to Brian Keating from Dwellworks, who inspired me by stating so well recently on an ERC webinar that he was grateful to be a part of […]
In Brunei, which is known for the use of honorifics and titles, one should refer to Dr. David Smith as? a. Dr. Smith b. The Honorable Dr. Smith c. David Smith, the Righteous Doctor of Medicine. d. Dr. David Click here for the answer!
…To keep your balance you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein This past May, I climbed onto a bicycle for the first time in years at the encouragement of my 75 year old father, who bikes several times a week and is a member of Slow Roll Buffalo. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed […]
If you have participated in any remote global mobility seminars over the past few months, you have heard corporate mobility professionals discussing the need for policy changes for assignees due to the COVID pandemic. Alternatives to long-term assignments such as short-term stays, one-way transfers, and commuter assignments are gaining attention and have been on the […]
Hurricane season is upon North America. The Atlantic season runs from June 1 to November 30, peaking from mid-August to late October. The Eastern Pacific season runs from May 15 to November 30. The Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico are very active this time of year. In fact, 2020 has already broken […]
Which important law went into effect in Turkey in 1934 and is still in use today? Made Islam the official state religion. Banned the then-latest new technology: television. Mandated that all people have surnames. Outlawed tipping. Click here for the answer!
These days, many of us would benefit from a good, therapeutic scream! Fortunately, the country of Iceland has stepped up to the task. Since travel remains limited throughout the globe, the website Looks Like You Need Iceland invites visitors to “let it out” virtually. Read through the tips for scream preparation, offered by Icelandic therapist […]
Any life transition brings fear of the unknown, and moving ranks high among major life events. The emotional impact of moving home, whether domestically or abroad, is one of the most stressful situations we can experience. Some find the transition after relocating easier than others. Here are some steps you can take toward emotional well-being […]
Have you or someone you know been separated from an elderly loved one during the pandemic? Maybe your situation is as simple as not being able to visit a parent or grandparent because of their age or risk factors, or because you live in a hot spot and can’t risk traveling to them. Perhaps an […]
Traffic accidents are the number one source of fatalities for international assignees and business travelers. While drivers can mitigate accident risks by adhering to local traffic laws and using seat belts, other strategies can also help. Since 2007, United Parcel Service (UPS) drivers have been instructed to avoid left turns. They have found this practice […]
Due to COVID-19, the Fifth Pillar of Islam will be limited to a very small group of followers this year. The Hajj is a week-long pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It takes place during the month of Dhul Hijjah, the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar — beginning on July 28th, in […]
As borders start to open, assignments that were on hold will start to move forward. No matter how much someone prepares to move internationally, there are always surprises along the way. Here are a few common concerns you can address before your assignee moves abroad: It seems more expensive. The COLA or cost of living […]
When those of us in Global Mobility talk about “talent,” we normally mean a person with skills, aptitude, and experience particularly suited to a job or project. But during the pandemic, we’ve discovered new ways to appreciate a different kind of talent. With performing arts venues closed, musicians, dancers, actors, and comedians have made their […]
Some countries are opening up their borders. Which country uses the following hand gesture to summon people and is now opening its borders? “If you need to beckon someone, do not do so by moving a single finger towards you. Instead, extend your arm palm down and move your fingers up and down.” Iceland South […]
In what feel like new and overwhelming times, it can be helpful to look at the familiar. Here are five articles from the Living Abroad blog that are as useful now as they were on their dates of publication, before the pandemic: What You Should Know: Emergency Readiness offers a checklist of things you can […]
While the pandemic has pushed telecommuting and online interaction to all-time highs, another unfortunate Internet activity has also been on the rise: cybercrime. Criminals exploit COVID-19 fears and our new online reliance with schemes that range from spreading misinformation about the virus to creating e-commerce links to protective gear that capture a victim’s personal information. […]