Amid worldwide turmoil, multinationals still say a globalworkforce is vital, according to research by AXA Healthcare,“Global Workforces Still Vital for Big BusinessDespite Economic Uncertainty and Rise in PoliticalPopulism.”

Virtually all (98 percent) of the 250 multinational firmssurveyed see a globally mobile workforce as important toachieving their objectives, while a third (35 percent) believe itto be critical. More than half (51 percent) of the respondents saysending staff on global assignments has improved the performance oftheir international operations and 44 percent say it improvedemployees’ skill level.

However, ex-pat workers increasingly don’t want to movepermanently to another country, according to the research. Morethan a third (38 percent) of firms say staff increasingly want towork abroad on short-term contracts and commute from their home country, with 27percent saying that staff don’t want to relocatepermanently.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.