With 2020 now behind us, I asked some esteemed members of the global mobility community what they wish for our industry in 2021. Here’s what they had to say: Lynn Shotwell, GMS, SHRM-SCP, Worldwide ERC® President & CEO I see two silver linings in the pandemic for the mobility community: It raised the profile of […]
‘Twas the night before Year End and all through the land Applause for the New Year: “Let’s give it a hand!” “We’re done with 2020. We’re rife with fatigue.” And yet. We all stepped up, performed out of our league. We dealt with shutdowns, in place for everyone’s sake As the world struggled through the […]
Though this year may have been difficult, the best part was staying in touch with our industry friends. We wish you and your loved ones happiness and good health throughout the holiday season and in the new year. To receive your holiday greeting, please click on the photo below and don’t forget to turn up […]
“Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” — Hazel Rochman As someone who enjoys spending the North American winter holidays curled up with good books, one of the pleasures I take from this time of year — even this year — is deciding what those books will […]
As 2020 comes to a close, it will be quite a year to remember. It’s time to focus on ourselves and self-renew to build our strength for the coming year. There is a Stephen Covey habit from his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” which is habit #7 on self-renewal called “Sharpen the […]
How many hours a day do you spend looking down at paperwork, or into a screen? Optometrists recommend a 20-20-20 rule to ease eye strain: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Stretches and exercises are helpful to relieve neck, shoulder, hand, and back fatigue. Taking a brisk walk can […]
Ukrainians do not generally celebrate their birthdays. Instead they celebrate: a. Name Day: The feast day of the saint for whom the individual is named. b. Town Day: The founding date of the town where the individual was born. c. Ancestor Day: A new baby is given the ‘birthday’ of a recently deceased ancestor. d. Family Day: The wedding […]
After many years as a content manager for Living Abroad, I know it’s not unusual to discover online tools and resources that are interesting, useful, and powerful, and to share them with our globally mobile users. However, it’s a little more unusual to encounter one that I also immediately share with friends, family and colleagues. […]
When the world came to a screeching halt in March, no one could imagine how our industry would change from one day to the next. Yet as we moved into the summer months, we heard through many forums how companies were dealing with their assignee population. It can be summed up best from Stephen C. […]
Even with global mobility hampered by the pandemic, there is a new and different kind of movement going on. Residents of certain cities are moving to more spacious communities nearby — some temporarily, some permanently. At the same time, specific towns and small cities are attracting newcomers who appreciate factors like low cost of living, […]
In Finland, it is generally inappropriate to eat food while walking down the street, with one key exception, which is: A. Ice Cream B. Pulla, a yeast bread C. Meat or cheese sandwich D. Doughnut Click here for the answer!
Right now, it can be easy to feel like we’re going nowhere. But in parts of an industry that is greatly hindered by the pandemic, “nowhere” has now taken on a somewhat different meaning. Earlier this year, Eva Airlines decided to offer a flight on August 8, Father’s Day in Taiwan. The two-hour, 45 minute […]
Companies with global operations and business travelers are finding new ways to deal with the potentially negative impact of the pandemic. With the rise of remote work, international business trips have been replaced with conference calls and video conferencing technology. However, technology can’t replace all global business. Functions like equipment installation, quality control on a […]
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 […]