Catch up with Relocate’s first India Webinar

Your opportunity to listen back to the Think India Webinar: Insights, mobility challenges and solutions. Brought to you by Relocate Global.

Learn from our panel of experts how to support your employees to flourish on an international assignment to India. Learn about trends and understand some of the misconceptions around what employers thought were challenges and what assignees and their families are looking for from the Weichert India Research.
“One of the most significant trends has been the increase in mobility of Indian nationals within India and repatriating back to India after years on international assignments.”

Laura Levenson, director, Weichert Workforce Mobility

“To understand the challenges faced by expatriates coming to work in India, it is important to understand India first.India is known as a cultural superpower, but is a highly complex country to operate in. It has vast diversity and an amazing history dating back five thousand years, which has shaped it’s current culture…”“INDIA HAS HUNDREDS OF PROBLEMS AND MILLIONS OF SOLUTIONS but for a billion people it continues to be “SAARE JAHAN SE ACHA” meaning the best in the world.”

Rohit Kumar, Joint Managing Director, Ikan Relocations, India

“In the past, we saw long term assignments into India filling leadership positions for extended periods of time for companies, who were basically looking to export talent into India to preserve their brand as it existed. The shift is now towards upskilling local nationals to fully embed the organization as a local entity, which aligns with Laura’s research.”

Holly Creed, Global Mobility Manager, DXC Technology

Relocation Challenges

“In my opinion the biggest challenge while relocating to India is the fact that trailing spouses are not allowed to work on their dependent visas.”“The key challenges for expatriates while relocating to India include dealing with Indian landlords, negotiating the rent, managing the agents and agencies, and trying to get work done through handymen, working with household staff and personal drivers, figuring out transportation, and the communication challenges are some I would like to point out are found to be most cumbersome and painful.”

Rohit Kumar, Joint Managing Director, Ikan Relocations, India

 

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Think India Webinar Weichert Workforce Mobility Report 2019
“I interviewed Senior HR business partners who oversee talent mobility of Indian and foreign nationals in, out and within India from fortune 500 multinationals, and India headquartered companies. And we also conducted an extensive online survey that covered all move patterns of talent, that is in, out and within India.I’d have to say that the results totally align with Rohit’s comments about the expressed challenges – especially around family adjustment, finding housing that will be comfortable, and specifically the lifestyle of an accompanying spouses who for the most part is not able to work. The inability of most foreign nationals to drive and therefore get around on their own is also a challenge I heard a lot about, and as an American, I can definitely say the ability to move about freely is something we totally take for granted, yet highly value.”

Laura Levenson, director, Weichert Workforce Mobility

 
“Through my own personal experiences from being an expat into India, it is fundamental to never forget it is hard to undertake an Assignment, given that India is still a hardship location. The normal “luxuries” one has in the west are not necessarily available easily in India and to maintain the duty of care a lot of guidance should be provided to employees.”

Holly Creed, Global Mobility Manager, DXC Technology

 

Policy

“The DXC Technology Global Mobility Team has been on an exciting journey to harmonize and create a new Global Mobility Program that will enable employees to thrive in a culture of change and innovation…The Team are at a unique stage in the harmonization journey they have undertaken, with limited constraints. The Team’s new Policy Suite looks to enhance the employee experience, maintain compliance and achieve cost optimizations. We believe through offering each employee Relocation Management Company Vendor Services, the employee will settle quicker into the new host location, work more effectively and align Global Mobility to talent retention by providing a more competitive Assignment or Transfer experience.”

Holly Creed, Global Mobility Manager, DXC Technology

 “I think companies recognize the importance of the family’s ability to settle in, but don’t always provide the support that families feel they need. Too often we see one generic policy that doesn’t factor in country specific needs. This research really shed light on the value in taking this extra step – either by adding flexible benefits or by adjusting the benefits offered to align with local practices.”

Laura Levenson, director, Weichert Workforce Mobility


Webinar Agenda

  • Why multinationals are expanding in India
  • Insights and challenges
  • India research: Propelling India Mobility
  • How to support inbound assignees and business travellers
  • Internal movement, domestic transfers, repatriation
  • Future India and changes across mobility
  • Managing Outbound Indian Workforce – in brief and next time
  • Questions
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