Integrate, don’t isolate
Fred: "Gavin, its Fred here from the corporate tax team. Can you help one of my targets who sent some employees to work in South Africa?"
Me: "Sure, when did they leave?"
Fred: "Nine months ago!!"
I come across this scenario and iterations of it very regularly and so it no longer surprises me. What continues to surprise me is the fact that companies continue to send employees cross-border to work on a very ad-hoc basis and in isolation to the business as a whole.
I absolutely accept that the responsibility for organising the moves usually falls between different functions eg HR, Tax, Finance in a company that does not have a dedicated Global Mobility Team. This I find is the main reason for the isolation.
Given however that employees working cross-border continues to increase I would have expected companies by now to have woken up and "smelt the coffee" and realised it makes business sense for any international assignments to be joined-up with the business as a whole.