Global Mobility Trends in 2023: Insights for Your Business

September 2023

With factors such as technology advancements, changing work models, and recent global events, global mobility is facing challenges. As businesses navigate these complexities, understanding the latest global mobility trends is becoming important. 

If you’re a business leader in 2023 wondering about the key trends and movements in global mobility will be in the coming months, this guide will help. We’ll explore nine key trends in global mobility and discuss how your business can stay ahead of the curve. 

It’s no surprise that the trends in remote and hybrid working continue following the COVID-19 pandemic. As of this year, in fact, 12.7% of full-time employees work from home, while 28.2% work a hybrid model - meaning that almost half of the workforce is moving away from traditional working models. This trend impacts global mobility, as employees might choose to work remotely from different countries, blurring the lines between international assignments and remote work.
Technology continues to play a pivotal role in global mobility. Virtual onboarding, digital document verification, and data analytics are streamlining the relocation process, making it easier than ever to transition seamlessly to another working location.
Global mobility can be challenging for employees and their families for a variety of reasons. However, the days of simply relocating to a new location with no support are gone - companies are increasingly recognising the importance of mental health support for these employees. Providing access to counseling, support groups, and resources for mental wellbeing is becoming standard practice for many organisations.
The effects of climate change are top of mind for everyone, and organisations should be taking note. Businesses are exploring ways to reduce carbon footprints related to employee relocations, such as virtual meetings instead of physical travel. This may mean a reduction in global mobility overall in the future, or focusing on relocations closer to home rather than in long-haul destinations.
With such a focus on easing the mental load of relocation, many companies are now supplementing long-term assignments with short-term or project-based ones. This allows businesses to respond quickly to market demands while offering employees diverse experiences without the commitment of long-term relocation.
Businesses are prioritising diversity and inclusion in global mobility, just as they do in every department and operation. Companies should ensure that relocation opportunities are available to a diverse range of employees, including underrepresented groups.
Instead of relocating employees completely, businesses are increasingly exploring talent localisation i.e hiring local talent in their chosen locations. This reduces costs and challenges associated with expatriate assignments, and gives more opportunities to those in host countries. 
Immigration regulations are subject to change, which impacts global mobility policies. New types of visas, restrictions and cultural changes should all be considered by both organisations and employees before making the move.
Cultural competence is essential in global mobility. Employees may move to a location with completely new cultural languages and norms. Organisations are now investing in cross-cultural training to help employees navigate new environments and work harmoniously with local colleagues.
As 2020 reshaped our perspectives on global mobility, the following years have continued to evolve. But what remains a priority is employee wellbeing. If your organisation needs to evolve its international health insurance policies, or launch an Expat Assistance Programme, Allianz Partners are here to help.