The resilience of Global Mobility in Asia Pacific

Seemingly overnight, the global COVID-19 pandemic has catapulted global mobility teams to the very forefront of their organisation’s crisis response and recovery strategies.

While organisations may go out of their way to deliver the best customer experience possible, the same often cannot be said about the way they approach their workforce mobility experiences: according to Deloitte’s 2019 Global Human Capital Trends report, only 6% of organisations believe that they are excellent at moving people from role to role1.

On a global level, an estimated 2.7 billion people, or more than four out of five workers in the global workforce, have been affected by lockdowns and stay-at-home measures2. A similar trend can also be observed in Asia Pacific:3, as businesses and mobility teams have grappled with border closures, a halt in business travel activities, and a substantial increase in virtual working – even in markets where working from home is not the cultural norm.

For mobility teams, the initial focus was on crisis management, but in the longer term, there is the possibility that some of these adjustments will permanently alter workforce mobility as we know it.

In this report, we present Deloitte’s COVID-19 framework and discuss how global mobility teams across the region should rethink the workforce mobility experience along the three stages of Respond, Recover, and Thrive.  We hope that you will find this insightful as you prepare for the “next normal”.



1. “2019 Global Human Capital Trends”. Deloitte. 2019.
2.“COVID-19 causes devastating losses in working hours and employment.” International Labour Organisation. 7 April 2020.
3. “ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work”. International Labour Organisation. 7 April 2020.

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