Compensation and Benefits in Global Workforce
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By James Hobley, Consultant, Deloitte
In August last year, one of our clients approached us to ask if we knew anything about robotics – or more specifically, robotic process automation (RPA) – and how it might apply to mobility. For those new to this area, RPA is the use of software to replace the need for humans to perform repetitive rules-based tasks; tasks that we in mobility will know all too well - think annual COLA reviews, compensation manipulation, package updates, etc. It is a self-evident ‘slam dunk’ for mobility practices. Other than having time-intensive tasks completed in a fast and accurate automated fashion, you can also free up advisor time to focus on more consultative work.
When I was younger I distinctly recall my father giving me two pieces of advice; “if you don’t ask you don’t get” and “never disclose your salary to anyone, especially to work colleagues”.
In my role at Deloitte I often hear from Mobility professionals how assignment allowances are often a negotiation, with assignees asking for more than the policy allows or complaining when they hear a colleague got a better relocation package than them. This led me to think about how, in part, assignees usually follow the first of my father’s advice to the extreme and the latter not at all!