Organised by Human Resources and produced by Angela Leung this year, Workforce Mobility Interactive returned to Hong Kong for its second year with the latest in talent mobility and expatriation trends in HR. This exclusive invitation-only interactive event was specially curated for top HR leaders and mobility specialists to engage each other with strategies on staff mobility programmes.
Held at Hotel ICON, Hong Kong, on 21 February, Workforce Mobility Interactive 2017 Hong Kong presented a stellar line-up of talent mobility experts who shared their insights into some of the biggest challenges. Attended by more than 90 professionals, the conference saw a series of interesting keynote presentations, a panel discussion, and interactive round tables.
Kickstarting the conference was Richard Willeter, director of corporate services Asia, Crown World Mobility with his presentation on the mobility landscape for the year, including issues such as the rise of new-age patriotism and the gig economy.
After the first interactive session and a networking break, delegates were welcomed back with a panel discussion on the topic of immigration and compliance.
Moderating the discussion was Human Resources’ Hong Kong editor, Anthony Wong. Joining him on stage were Robert Day (Bob), acting head of global immigration, Santa Fe Relocation Services, Benjamin Wong, human resources director, Knorr-Bremse, and Mariam Ka Lam, international mobility, Asia, COACH.
Among other things, the panellists discussed the impact of Brexit on corporate mobility, the recent US travel ban, and deglobalisation.
In response to a question from the audience, they considered the value of the APEC Business Travel Card and agreed it can be a time saving tool for frequent or last minute travel.
However, Ka Lam pointed out it’s important to be careful from a compliance point of view. She said: "You have to be careful what your employees are doing under an APEC card."
Following the second interactive session of the day, as well as a lunch break, attendees welcomed Barbara Lam, manager, enterprise mobility, Asia Pacific, Avery Dennison, to the stage.
Lam talked delegates through Avery Dennison’s mobility policy. When asked about the key success factor of Avery Dennison’s mobility policy, Lam referred to their outsourcing practice.
"We rely a lot on our service providers, both for relocation and tax matters. Outsourcing allows for us to focus more on our main role, which is the strategic part," she told the room.
"Additionally, having a global relocation service provider enables us to standardise our policies around the world."
After two more interactive sessions and a networking break, the conference concluded with table hosts summarising key takeaways on the four main topics discussed during the interactive sessions - compliance and risk navigation, future trend of talent mobility, getting your return on relocation, and technology for mobility.
Human Resources would like to thank all sponsors and partners that contributed to the success of Workforce Mobility Interactive 2017, Hong Kong:
Gold sponsor – Crown World Mobility
Silver sponsors – Santa Fe Relocation Services – TMF Hong Kong Limited
Event sponsors – Kellett School – Macao Government Tourism Office
Wi-Fi sponsor – SAP SuccessFactors
Exhibitors – AGS Worldwide Movers – Savills