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Global mobility has emerged with new challenges over the last two years – but the most innovative organizations have started transforming the new challenges into new opportunities. Mercer’s 2022 Expatriate Management and Talent Mobility Conference will help you embrace the new realities that will define the future of talent mobility, including international remote working, policy flexibility, digitalization, assignee localization and more. Be part of the event to learn, network and be inspired to create a brighter future for your organization.


Hybrid event format

 

The event will take place at the Hotel Palace in Berlin and will also be broadcast via a virtual platform. Your comfort and safety are our priority, so we are happy to welcome both in-person and virtual attendees, as well as allow for flexible change of plans between the two options.

 

The in-person event includes participation in the plenary and breakout sessions, speed networking for HR professionals as well as lunch and a gala dinner.

 

By joining the conference virtually, you will receive access to all of the plenary sessions, virtual breakouts, online networking opportunities via the virtual platform as well as additional resources and session recordings.

 

Read more about the registration process and our terms and conditions.

Top 3 reasons to attend:

 


Renowned speakers: Global mobility practitioners from some of the top multinational organizations in the world will join Mercer’s experts in showcasing the most efficient approaches to the new challenges you face in your business.

 

Constructive networking: Connect with like-minded peers and industry experts through speed networking and socializing at the venue or via the virtual platform.

 

Unparalleled information: Learn from our latest research and client case studies, bringing you up to speed with the most topical trends and best practices for delivering the most value in talent mobility.



Agenda

 

Note: Times are in Central European Summer Time (CEST)


DAY 1 | Monday, 4 April 2022

  • 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm  |  Keynote  |  The future of mobility in the new world of work

    The pandemic has not ended global mobility, but we are entering a new era in mobility — and in mobility management. Global mobility, in the narrow sense of expatriate management, has been traditionally a fractured exercise — i.e. managing a series of individual moves with only limited alignment with talent management practices and the broader, longer-term business strategy. This tactical focus has reduced opportunities for mobility teams to participate in strategic business discussions. Top management is, above all, interested in allocating talent to the right place and addressing skill gaps. Contributing to the global talent brokering and upskilling exercise is a way for mobility teams to position themselves at the heart of the talent process. What can we learn from new business and HR practices to reinvent mobility?

  • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm  |  Integrating talent management and mobility

    As companies review their mobility approaches to deal with the aftermath of the COVID crisis, we increasingly hear that “mobility should be better connected with talent management.” This debate is not new, but it is becoming more urgent as HR teams seek to justify their mobility approaches and budgets in a new context. Mobility is more than relocation management and needs to be discussed in the context of the talent management cycle.

  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm  |  Breakout sessions

    Topic 1 – International remote working

    Initially a temporary response to the COVID crisis, remote working is now here to stay.  At an international level, mobility managers are pondering whether international remote working will be allowed and whether “virtual assignments” might replace traditional expatriate assignments. Even organizations that are not willing to allow remote working going forward need to communicate that choice to their employees about it and justify their decision. Companies that did embrace this solution now need to clarify their work setup and address the question of cross-border working. Guidelines are being implemented and options explored. What can we learn from these experiences?

    Topic 2 – Digital mobility: Combining technology and the human touch

    Digitalization has moved from being a buzzword to a lifeline for both businesses and employees. Even those people who were initially reluctant to embrace technology have started to adopt new tools in their daily lives, not only to work but also to interact with each other, shop and get things done. This has created more resilience and efficiencies for businesses, but it has also brought new employee expectations that cannot be easily dismissed. On the business side, technology is no longer a “nice to have”: It has become a vital resource for teams trying to collaborate, exchange data, track assignees and assess compliance. Companies need to find the golden mean that combines technology and the human touch in the most efficient and sustainable way for their unique needs.

    Topic 3 – Local and local plus compensation

    The concept of host-based compensation has grown increasingly popular over the past few years as companies look for a viable alternative to the home-based (balance sheet) compensation approach. The demise of this traditional approach has often been exaggerated, but the growing diversity of the assignee workforce and types of assignments, not to mention cost-containment imperatives, are forcing companies to reconsider their compensation approach or use more than one. When and how could a local or a local plus plan be used effectively?

    Note: Breakout rooms will be held separately for the attendees on site and virtual attendees.

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  • 6:30 pm  |  Gala dinner

    The dinner will take place at Humboldt Carré, an award-winning event venue situated right in the heart of Berlin, between Gendarmenmarkt and Unter den Linden. Full of metropolitan charm, this elegant venue combines tradition and modernity, offering historical flair in a contemporary style.


DAY 2 | Tuesday, 5 April 2022

  • 9:00 am – 9:45 am  |  Mobility debate: What kind of flexibility do we want?

    Flexibility has dominated HR agendas for several years. It has been used for a variety of positive reasons — to simplify processes, for example, address the legitimate concerns of specific employee groups, and to overcome barriers to mobility in some locations — but not always successfully. The drive for flexibility has also been based on the (alleged) expectations of younger workers and in the hope of reducing costs and workload. The COVID pandemic crisis has added a layer of complexity to the flexibility debate: Different types and degrees of flexible working (including international remote working) have become common during the past two years. Organizations are pondering how to strike the right balance and which approaches to retain going forward.

  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am  |  Breakout sessions

    Topic 1 – International remote working

    Initially a temporary response to the COVID crisis, remote working is now here to stay.  At an international level, mobility managers are pondering whether international remote working will be allowed and whether “virtual assignments” might replace traditional expatriate assignments. Even organizations that are not willing to allow remote working going forward need to communicate that choice to their employees about it and justify their decision. Companies that did embrace this solution now need to clarify their work setup and address the question of cross-border working. Guidelines are being implemented and options explored. What can we learn from these experiences?

    Topic 2 – Digital mobility: Combining technology and the human touch

    Digitalization has moved from being a buzzword to a lifeline for both businesses and employees. Even those people who were initially reluctant to embrace technology have started to adopt new tools in their daily lives, not only to work but also to interact with each other, shop and get things done. This has created more resilience and efficiencies for businesses, but it has also brought new employee expectations that cannot be easily dismissed. On the business side, technology is no longer a “nice to have”: It has become a vital resource for teams trying to collaborate, exchange data, track assignees and assess compliance. Companies need to find the golden mean that combines technology and the human touch in the most efficient and sustainable way for their unique needs.

    Topic 3 – Local and local plus compensation

    The concept of host-based compensation has grown increasingly popular over the past few years as companies look for a viable alternative to the home-based (balance sheet) compensation approach. The demise of this traditional approach has often been exaggerated, but the growing diversity of the assignee workforce and types of assignments, not to mention cost-containment imperatives, are forcing companies to reconsider their compensation approach or use more than one. When and how could a local or a local plus plan be used effectively?

    Note: Breakout rooms will be held separately for the attendees on site and virtual attendees.

  • 11:15 am – 11:45 am  |  Changing mobility for good: Integrating environmental, social and governance considerations

    Executives are increasingly concerned about how their organizations are perceived on everything from welfare practices to progress on climate and ethical practices. Pressure from management is trickling down to HR and mobility teams, and a variety of key challenges need to be addressed, from environmental issues, to the well-being and diversity of the mobile workforce and even how mobility can contribute to the resilience of the business. What can mobility teams do to make mobility more sustainable and inclusive?

  • 11:45 am – 12:15 pm  |  Moving ahead: A roadmap for mobility professionals

    Just as assignees are adapting to such challenges as upskilling, flexible working and new forms of assignments, mobility professionals too must adapt their work practices. They will need to review and rethink their work culture, organization, work setup and tools. They will also have to embrace upskilling and learn to play a greater role in HR issues that were not traditionally part of their purview.



Registration

In-person Conference

€900+VAT

Included:

-    Participation in the plenary sessions

-    Participation in the breakout rooms

-    Speed networking sessions for HR professionals

-    Lunch on Day 1 and Day 2

-    Gala dinner on Day 1

-    Access to additional online resources and session recordings available for a month after the event

Virtual Conference

€300+VAT

Included:

-    Virtual participation in the plenary sessions

-    Participation in the virtual breakout rooms

-    Virtual networking opportunities with speakers and attendees

-    Access to additional online resources and session recordings available for a month after the event

 

Stay flexible! You may switch between the in-person and virtual event tickets before 21 March 2022.

 


Terms & Conditions

  • Registration

    • It is important that all delegates represent the target audience for the conference.
    • Mercer has the right to decline any registrations received from competitors and other potential delegates that do not match the target audience.
    • Registrations for delegates with commercial roles of any kind will not be accepted.
    • We reserve the right to accept registration applications based on our determination of applicant suitability.
    • With your registration, we will add your name and company to the participant list to be shared with other conference participants.
  • Flexible ticket change

    • Mercer will accept amends to conference bookings on a case by case basis before Monday, 21 March 2022, should you need to switch to virtual attendance from in-person or vice-versa.
  • Payment/Invoicing

    • All conference participation fees will be payable by invoice in euros.
    • The invoice will be sent out to your given address once you have submitted your confirmation via the registration site. Payment must be made by the date detailed on the invoice.
  • Limited capacity

    • Only a limited number of places are available for this event. Please register early to avoid disappointment.
  • Disclaimer

    • It is the delegates’ responsibility to comply with any COVID-19 related regulations in force in Germany at the time of the event. Please make sure to verify the latest regulations at the time of your travel.
    • For reasons beyond our control, it may be necessary to alter the content and timing of the conference events or to use substitute speakers.
    • Mercer accepts no responsibility for the views or opinions of the speakers or any other persons at the event.
    • Mercer’s acceptance of sponsorships from insurance carriers will not result in any preferential treatment by Mercer when evaluating or recommending carriers, their affiliates, products, or strategies.
  • Data protection

    We will use your registration data only for limited purposes, as disclosed in detail on our website, www.mercer.com. For more information, click on “Privacy” at the bottom of any screen of www.mercer.com. Please note when you registration you are giving us permission to pass your personal details on to the virtual conference platform provider.

  • Cancellations

    • Cancellations received before Monday, 21 March 2022 will be refunded in full.
    • No-shows on the day of the conference will not be refunded.
    • Participants may substitute a colleague at any time before the start of the conference.

    Cancellations should be sent in writing to:
    Gemma Clifton
    Mercer
    Tower Place West
    Tower Place,
    London EC3R 5BU
    gemma.clifton@mercer.com


Event venue

 

Hotel Palace Berlin, Germany

The in-person conference will take place at the Hotel Palace Berlin – a luxury hotel situated in the middle of the City West, offering top-class event spaces. For those interested in exploring popular landmarks while visiting Berlin, the Hotel Palace Berlin is located a short distance from the Berlin Philharmonic and the Berlin Zoological Garden. There are excellent local restaurants and shopping facilities within a short walk of the hotel.

 

Room bookings

We have arranged a delegate room rate at the Hotel Palace Berlin of EUR 185.00.  The rooms will be available for bookings up to 8 weeks prior to the conference start date by emailing or calling the reservations team on res@palace.de or +49 (0) 30 25 02 11 90. Upon booking please state Mercer / Expat / Talent Mobility to receive the delegate rate. Free of charge cancellation for delegate bookings is available 14 days prior to arrival date. No shows and late cancelations will be charged 90% of the contractual room rate for the whole stay.

 

 

 

 

 



Virtual Platform

 

The virtual conference will be held via virtual event platform. Joining details will be sent 1 week prior to the event.

 

The platform will allow delegates to attend sessions of their choice, as well as listen and interact with the speakers through Q&A. There will also be the opportunity for networking with other delegates during refreshment breaks.

 

For the best user experience, we recommend using a laptop or desktop running the latest version of Google Chrome.

Contact us

Please feel free to contact us with any queries:

Barbara Masłowska-Kościuk
Barbara.maslowska.kosciuk@mercer.com

 

Mercer Global Events
mercerglobalevents@mercer.com