GLOBAL MOBILITY AT BESTSELLER
Our colleague Mette is Mobility Specialist and the go-to-person for many internationals relocating for and within BESTSELLER.
HOW DID YOU COME TO BESTSELLER AND WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR JOURNEY IN THE COMPANY SO FAR?
I studied Law at Aarhus University. During my studies, I wanted to get some international experience and went to France for a Master in International and European Business Law in Lyon. After returning to Denmark and finishing up my Danish Master, I wanted to join an international company in a role with global scope to apply my experience of living abroad and working with internationals. So I applied to BESTSELLER and started here in January 2018. After only 3 months, I was given the “keys” to the mobility department, so the learning curve was very steep in the beginning.
CAN YOU GIVE A SHORT DESCRIPTION OF MOBILITY AT BESTSELLER?
Mobility is all about bringing the right employee at the right time to the right place. Officially, I am ensuring compliance of national and international legislation in order to secure the investment in business critical global talent but there is so much more involved. Depending on the individual, mobility can support from hiring an international talent, including taking care of visas and work permits, to relocating international talents and their families, including home search, tax support, social security, insurance and pension consultancy. They say that within three months, you have usually decided if you are staying in new country or not. So my goal is to make it as smooth as possible for Internationals and their families so they really feel welcomed from day one.
SO WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A SUCCESSFUL RELOCATION OF AN INTERNATIONAL EMPLOYEE?
After we have taken care of everything surrounding their relocation and settling in, they are joining the international community at BESTSELLER, which I believe is quite strong. During their employment, we offer special introduction days for internationals, weekly consultancy times and we are running a Facebook group for internationals in BESTSELLER with recommendation of events and tips and tricks around living and working in Denmark.
WHEN YOU THINK BACK ABOUT ALL THE INTERNATIONALS YOU HAVE BEEN SUPPORTING, WAS THERE ONE CASE THAT YOU REALLY LIKE TO THINK BACK AT?
The funny thing about mobility for me is, that all cases are different and therefore interesting in their own way. Mobility helps everybody – regardless of if it is an apprentice or director level. But of course I remember my first mobility case here which I think it is always very special. In the end, it all turned out pretty great and the employee is now an integrated part of BESTSELLER. I love looking back at that case, also because when it is done, you step back and let them live their lives and see them thrive.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST LEARNING IN YOUR RECENT ROLE?
When I started I thought it would be primarily Danish law that I would be working with. But of course, BESTSELLER is a global company and we are receiving new employees from and sending existing employees off all around the world, you have to be up to date on a lot of different legislation in the countries that we operate in. So my biggest learning has been that the rules today aren’t necessary the rules tomorrow, so you have to be able to shift lanes in a day notice.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST MOTIVATION TO COME TO WORK EVERY DAY?
I think it is that mobility is more than just compliance with legislation. At least half of the job is also compassion for the employees that we are moving around the world. So for me, it is not just that I comply with legislation, but also reassuring our employees that when they move across the world, BESTSELLER got you and your family’s interest at heart.