In our first installment, we defined the Now Normal as the “interim place between the chaos of crisis and the return to normal”.
We anticipate living in this space for at least until the end of 2021 when we hope a vaccine becomes widely available. The introduction to this topic focused on defining this new realty while this and the remaining two installments will focus on specific areas for consideration.
Part II is dedicated to Assignments. HR and Mobility managers are balancing a backlog of cases on-hold since earlier this year as well as new assignment needs. How to prioritize that long list to meet the business and employee needs is daunting. Below is offered a list of things to consider and although incomplete, will hopefully get the conversations off to a good start.
For on-hold assignments, an initial review of the original business case for the move may yield many answers. Does the local division or project still require the assignee, and will that need still be there in 6 – 12 months? Are there any projects that prompted a relocation that now will not move forward, or move forward in the same timeframe? How will the company wish to approach the different types of assignments over the next 12 months, and how many assignments fall into each of those buckets? Will self-selected moves be considered and supported in this timeframe? Will rotational assignments and developmental assignments still be prioritized?