Study: Relocation and Delocation in the Post-COVID Era
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way companies operate, and employees live and work. While remote working has been practiced in the past when necessary or for specific positions, the pandemic seemingly overnight shifted "office" work to "home office" work, along with all the challenges that come with trying to perform professionally while helping to educate children (who were now attending school remotely), working alongside a spouse (in many cases also working from home) and continuing to manage a household that had become the only place the entire family could safely coexist. With "shelter in place" and "safer at home" orders in place throughout the country and, in many cases, throughout the world, companies that needed new talent either had to recruit and onboard new employees at every level remotely or postpone taking on new hires. As we hit the midpoint of 2021 and COVID-19 vaccines become more plentiful, many companies are once again evaluating getting back to "business as usual". But what does that mean post COVID? Does it make sense for companies to switch gears back to having the majority of employees return to working exclusively from the office, and incur the significant costs associated with leasing and running office space? What about employees that moved to areas with smaller populations or lower cost of living or better climates because they didn't have to worry about commuting to the office daily? And for those companies looking to recruit, would top talent be interested in moving or would the convenience of working from home lure them to decline offers? And what about moving during COVID? Is that a deal breaker? To find out, northAmerican(R) and Corporate Mobility Today commissioned a study of employees across the U.S. to gauge their attitudes towards relocating for a new job, how they feel about remote versus in office work, and what benefits and features matter most to them when considering relocating for a job..
Here’s what mobility and relocation decision makers can expect to learn:
- How employees at different levels view relocating for a job
- The impact COVID-19 has had on employee's attitude towards moving
- What matters most to employees when considering a move
- What is delocation and can it help your company recruit top talent
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