RES Forum Survey - Assignment Package Design - Annual Report 2018

Dear RES Forum Members,

We are already working on producing the RES Forum Annual Report for 2018!

The report will be authored by Professor Michael Dickmann, Professor of International HRM at Cranfield University, School of Management, and we would like to ask for your help to complete our research survey.

The survey will take approximately 10 - 15 minutes to complete and everyone who completes any FOUR of the research surveys for the 2018 report that will be shared between now and November will be entered into a prize draw to win a 200GBP (approx 225EUR/ 265USD) Amazon shopping voucher.

The RES Forum Annual report is truly unique in the HR mobility space in that it reflects the hot topics and issues for global mobility professionals as identified by global mobility professionals. By participating in this survey and therefore our Annual Report research, you are helping to shape global mobility thinking, policies and practices. The data is also used for research purposes and wider dissemination.

In addition, we are starting to analyse longitudinal trends, so your participation is especially important.

If you have never seen our annual reports before, do take a look at last year's report at the following link (you will need to log in to view the full report)-
http://theresforum.com/annual-report/


Thank you in advance for your participation!

Michael, Andy, David, Jose & Heather

[Professor Michael Dickmann (Report author) & Andy, David, Jose & Heather (The RES Forum Team)]

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SURVEY DEFINITIONS
For the purposes of this survey, the following apply-

*Short Term International Assignment refers to an expat assignment of between 3 and 12 months
*Long Term International Assignment refers to an expat assignment of 12 months or more
*Local Plus Assignment refers to an international assignment of any duration where assignees are on local terms and conditions, but with enhanced assignment benefits
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ASSIGNMENT PACKAGE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

* 1. In your organisation, what are the typical assignment durations for the following assignment types?

  1-3 months 4-6 months 7-12 months 1-3 years 3-5 years Other (pls specify below)
Short Term International Assignment
Long Term International Assignment
Local Plus Assignment
Developmental Assignment
Business Driven/ Strategic Assignment

* 2. Does your organisation formally recognise any other assignment types via separate policy guidelines? (pls tick all that apply)

* 3. Does your organisation differentiate assignment types based on "Developmental" and "Business Driven/ strategic" assignments? 
Note- Developmental assignments have a primary benefit for the employee, and Business Driven Assignments have a primary benefit for the business

* 4. How does DEVELOPMENTAL ASSIGNMENT support in your organisation differ from your standard long term assignment support?

  Increased Not affected Decreased
Host housing allowances
Assignment allowances
Shipment of household goods
Home leave payment
Accompanying family support provision
Chance of having a mentor
Chance of having a business sponsor
Pre-departure support
Formal development during assignment
Logistical support for return
Tie over pay after return

* 5. How does the BUSINESS CRITICAL/ STRATEGIC assignment support within your organisation differ from your standard long term assignment support (please tick all that apply)

  Increased Not Affected Decreased
Host housing allowances
Assignment allowances
Shipment of household goods
Home leave payment
Accompanying family support provision
Chance of having a mentor
Chance of having a business sponsor
Pre-departure support
Formal development during assignment
Logistical support for return
Tie over pay after return
Business critical allowance provision

* 6. What salary basis is used in your organisation for the following assignment types ?

  Home-based (balance sheet) Host market based Higher of home or host Int/Global salary scale HQ based salary scale Other (pls describe)
Short Term International Assignment
Long Term International Assignment
Local Plus Assignment
Commuter Assignment
Business Travellers

* 7. Which of the following cash allowances or support elements are payable in your organisation for each of the assignment types listed? (please tick all that apply)

  Mobility premium/ allowance Cost of living allowance (based on comparison between home and host living standards) Host living allowances (based on host set norms for family size and grade/salary) Business Critical allowance Hardship allowance Host housing allowance Education allowance Home leave allowance Other (please specify)
Short Term International Assignment
Long Term International Assignment
Local Plus Assignment
Commuter Assignment
Business Traveller Assignment

* 8. Please indicate if any of the following apply to the Costs of Living Allowance (COLA) calculation in your organisation (pls tick all that apply)

  No COLA payable/ COLA not applied Negative COLA applied in full Negative COLA applied up to a cap (pls specify) COLA is adjusted due to inflation or FX volatility (pls specify) COLA can increase/decrease during the assignment
Short Term International Assignment
Long Term International Assignment
Local Plus Assignment

* 9. What type of Cost of Living Allowance Index does your organisation use for the following assignment types?

  Full expat COLA index Median (efficient purchaser) COLA index Basic/ low COLA index Other (please specify)
Short Term International Assignment
Long Term International Assignment
Local Plus Assignment

* 10. For each of the following assignment types, do assignees contribute towards housing costs in your organisation?

  Yes (please give % or amount) No
Short Term International Assignment
Long Term International Assignment
Local Plus Assignment

* 11. FOR LONG TERM INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS, in what way does the assignment support differ from standard policy in your organisation if an assignee goes on assignment unaccompanied (family remain in the home country) for the FULL duration of the assignment? (Permanent split family)

  Increased Not affected Decreased
Home leave
Flight allowance allowance (to enable family to visit host or employee to visit home location)
Assignment allowances payable
Housing allowances payable
Other (please specify)

* 12. Does your organisation provide spousal/partner support assistance (tick all that apply):

  No support provided One-time cash allowance Annual cash allowance Specialist provider used Education/ training support for partner Career counselling programme for partner (CV and job search assistance) Other (pls specify)
Short Term International Assignment
Long Term International Assignment
Local Plus Assignment
Commuter Assignment
Business Travellers

* 13. Please describe your organisation's child/ dependent education assistance support (tick all that apply):

  No support provided Only support if state school not available Always offer international or independent schools Terminate support if an assignee localises (pls give details) Pre-school support Other (pls specify)
Short Term International Assignment
Long Term International Assignment
Local Plus Assignment

* 14. Do assignees in your organisation contribute towards education support payable?

  N/A- No- we do not pay education allowance No- assignees do not have to pay anything Yes- they pay a percentage of a salary Yes- they pay a host defined amount Yes- they pay any amount over the defined education allowance Other (please specify)
Short Term International Assignment
Long Term International Assignment
Local Plus Assignment

* 15. How is assignment compensation affected in your organisation when an assignee resigns during an assignment? (please tick all that apply)

  No repayments required Repayment of some allowances is required (please specify) No assignment completion bonus is payable Other (please specify)
Short Term International Assignment
Long Term International Assignment
Local Plus Assignment

* 16. Is assignment compensation in your organisation linked to performance? (please tick all that apply)

  No Yes- Annual assignment bonus payable for achieving required performance levels Yes- Annual assignment bonus payable for achieving required assignment objectives Yes- One time assignment completion bonus payable for achieving required performance levels Yes- One time assignment completion bonus payable for achieving required assignment objectives Yes- Other (please specify)
Short Term International Assignment
Long Term International Assignment
Local Plus Assignment
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ORGANISATION INFORMATION

By providing the following data, you will enable us to carry out a more in depth analysis of the data with regard to industry, size of organisations, and regions.This will be helpful to establish better benchmarking information.
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* 17. What is the TOTAL GLOBAL ASSIGNEE POPULATION of your organisation?

* 18. For each of the following assignment types, what is the TOTAL global assignee population of your organisation?

  1 - 25  26 - 50  51 - 100  101 - 250  251 - 500  501 - 1000  1000 +  Unsure
Short Term International Assignment (3 - 12 months)
Long Term International Assignment (12 months or more)
Local Plus assignment - all assignment durations

* 19. For each of the following assignment types, what is the TOTAL global assignee population of your organisation? (employees on the following assignment types may also be included in your long term assignment population and have been accounted for in the previous question of this survey)?

  1 - 25  26 - 50  51 - 100  101 - 250  251 - 500  501 - 1000  1000 +  Unsure
Business Driven/ Strategic Assignment
Business travellers
Career Expats/Global Nomads
Commuters
Graduates
Personal Development Assignment
Other assignment type (please specify)

* 21. What is your organisation's global TOTAL EMPLOYEE POPULATION?

* 22. How many countries does your organisation operate in globally?

* 23. How many countries does your organisation send international assignees to?

* 24. How would you describe your organisation in relation to its international mobility approach?

* 25. Where does your global mobility function report into within HR?

* 26. Please answer the follow questions.
Please note that if you provide your personal details, we may contact you about this survey or about other RES Forum news and information/ surveys. We will never share your data with other organisations or suppliers without your permission.

* 27. If you’re not a member of the RES Forum, would you be interested in finding out more about how to join to obtain a copy of the survey results?

Thank you for responding to our survey!

Michael Dickmann (Report author) & Andy, David, Jose and Heather (The RES Forum Team)

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