Atlas forum roundtable discussion recaps

 
Roundtable Dialagues
 

NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS: THE IMPACT ON CROSS-BORDER MOBILITY

Moderator
Stephen Cryne
President & CEO, Canadian ERC

Because the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was negotiated decades ago, it’s become an important discussion item given significant administration and cultural changes. When signed, the U.S. and Canada were the closest of partners, but current relations aren’t exactly what they were then. Additionally, chapters of the agreement that directly relate to mobility between the North American countries are severely outdated. Stephen used NAFTA to lead an important discussion on strategic mobility programs and how it’s critical the U.S. and Canada be aligned to support each other’s workforce needs. Additionally, he discussed critical areas where our governments could reduce regulation to favor mobility and economies.

WTFU, PEOPLE!

Moderator
Peggy Smith
President & CEO, Worldwide ERC

Peggy’s exciting session was all about waking the future up since it’s such a pivotal time in the mobility industry. She knows the time is now for mobility to either continue on as an HR and finance commodity, or for it to become a critical component of a company’s strategic vision. More and more, companies are recruiting and enticing new employees with student loan repayment programs and unlimited time off and child leave, but mobility is typically not part of these recruiting strategies. The group was lead into a meaningful discussion about what others are doing to innovate relocation programs and make the process about the employee, instead of the transactional approach of needing their skills and getting them from point A to point B. The group was encouraged to raise the bar when it comes to mobility and to move the dialogue for their organizations and the industry.

TALENT ACQUISITION: PRACTICES FOR ATTRACTING SPECIALIZED TALENT AND FILLING NICHE ROLES

Moderator
Lorrie Lykins
Vice President, Research, Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp)

Specializing in practices that have been proven to drive performance, Lorrie knows a thing or two about talent acquisition. Given the time and money it takes to recruit and retain quality employees, she shared a few findings from a recent study conducted by her organization. According to the data, high-performance talent acquisition companies are working with hiring managers to provide coaching and interviewing to make good selections for their teams. More findings suggest structured and measurable employee referral programs continue to be the number one way to attract new hires for a company. Lorrie reiterated that businesses must be open to thinking outside of the box. Some successful companies, like Amazon, are hiring employees with different skill sets to be recruiters for their companies. Having an open and creative mind unlocks a world of opportunity and great talent for companies.

FUTURE TRENDS IN TALENT MOBILITY & HOUSEHOLD GOODS

Moderators
Alysa Kim
Global Mobility Sr. Manager, GAP Inc.

Priscilla Cheng
Global Mobility Specialist, GAP Inc.

Keeping in tune with the general session topics and important themes in trucking and mobility, session leaders discussed the recent tax reform legislation and what trends they’re seeing in response—whether companies are grossing up, paying out household goods, or utilizing other not-so-common methods. The group also discussed immigration since recent scenarios have presented lengthy administrative processing delays. With such complex issues at hand, participants were interested in hearing each other’s experiences and advice. They continued to have a lively discussion about how their organizations are handlining communication when it comes to immigration.

THE IMPACT OF AN INCREASING GLOBAL ECONOMY TO INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY

Moderator
Tim Hall
Vice President, Business Development, Atlas International

Speaker Tim Hall took a closer look at the global economy and workforce mobility. After working in domestic and international moving for many years, Tim shared his experience and the trends he has seen. In the moving world, technology drives existence. In terms of global economy, it is important to get close to how a consumer purchases as well as examine large local growth markets, like India and China. On the mobility side, there has been an overall increase in short-term assignments as well as small and mid-market companies conducting international relocations. Participants were eager to hear next steps for the global economy workforce as Tim explained what was on the horizon for the growth of mobility, technologies for driving efficiency, changing relocation benefits and policy revisions.

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