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OK... so perhaps Project Match didn't even appeal to expatriates, either...

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Back on February 16th, I vented about IBM's Project Match, a relocation program offered as an alternative to getting laid off.  In that post, I ran out the following scenario:

I have no doubt that this will appeal to a very small number of people who want an "adventure".  It may also be a great program for naturalized citizens who have considered moving back to their home country, but didn't quite have the ways and means figured out.  But in terms of a program that's supposed to make me feel all warm and fuzzy about IBM's corporate ethics and concern for their workforce?

Apparently "very small" was just that...  VERY small.

In The Industry Standard, there's an article about how IBM is trying to patent a "method and system for strategic global resource sourcing."  Gotta love that phrase.  But what I found interesting was this snippet further down in the article:

Project Match, an IBM offshoring initiative the Standard reported on last month, offers U.S. employees the chance to stay with IBM by relocating to another country, to work in an IBM regional division at local wage rates. IBM has roughly 400,000 employees in 170 countries. As of early February, fewer than ten employees had shown interest in the program.

"Fewer than ten employees had shown interest."  Mind you, not less than ten had gone off to another country.  Just shown interest.

Gotta wonder how much was spent coming up with that program, and whether the person had it listed on their annual accomplishments.  :)

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Gravatar Image1 - Let me tell you about a relocation program that goes the other way around. The company moves from India (not really India, but similar) to the UK and they ask the employees 'wanna come?' - How nice! They offered to move everyone to the UK but would keep paying India wage rates.

How fascinating! See, IBM is not so bad.

Gravatar Image2 - I think its very encouraging that given the size of IBM, that only 10 people actually thought it an attractive enough offer to even enquire about it.

Granted, you'd have to be more stupid than (insert your own metaphor). I just hope the rocket scientist who thought it up and publicised it had it inflicted on him.

---* Bill

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