Our survey on Alternative Assignment Types: Employee-Initiated Moves focused on these “hand raisers” and the shift in how companies are addressing this portion of their mobile population.
While traditionally organizations simply offered a straightforward local transfer, or “lite” model of support, many are now recognizing the talent management value of this portion of the employee base (often Millennial high performers) and are rethinking their packages to offer more customized support.
What is the impact?
For the majority (71%) of our survey respondents, employee initiated moves still make up a small portion (<25%) of their mobile workforce. Therefore it’s unsurprising that 42% of respondents don’t have a formal policy or procedures in place to address, and opt instead to offer a benefits-reduced version of an existing policy.
The most common reason for a self-initiated move is career development/international experience – positioning these hand-raisers as your potential future leadership cohort.