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Introducing Momentum, by Altair Global

Employee relocations and assignments are a highly-disruptive life event and a significant work distraction; however, the actual effects on the productivity of the employee have yet to be truly quantified—until now.

For more information about how our first-of-its-kind study was conceptualized, read Chad Sterling’s publication, “Productivity Quantified,” in Mobility here.

Without factoring in workplace productivity and looking only at the direct costs of employee relocation, we are telling only part of the story. The results from the Momentum study help to fully illustrate the return on investment a company realizes as a result of employee mobility.

– Chad Sterling, CEO

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International Edition

Through our most recent edition of our innovative survey series, participants from more than 50 countries identified key events that caused productivity drain during their assignment or permanent move. Interestingly, we found that many employees were not offered key destination services and those that were offered services may not have taken advantage of them. While international assignments and moves, undoubtedly cause a drop in employee output, when looking across the entirety of a talent mobility program, the results were astounding.

Highest-Impact Events

1. Home Finding at Destination

2. Settling-In at Destination

3. Immigration Process

4. Compensation and Tax

5. Household Goods

Each high-impact event causes three or more days of lost productivity, while a low-impact event causes the employee to lose less than three day of focus on the job.

  • Based on high-impact activities, the average employee moving internationally loses a minimum of 24.4 days of work productivity.
  • When low-impact activities are added, the average employee moving internationally loses a minimum of 39.2 days of work productivity.

Applied to a program of 100 employees moving internationally, the financial impact could total more than
U.S. $4 million per year.

US Inbound Edition

The first Momentum Survey  focused on U.S. domestic moves. More than 500 transferees identified “high impact” events that affected employee productivity, focus, and ultimately, our clients’ bottom lines.

Highest-Impact Events

1. Home Finding at Destination

2. Home Sale or Lease Cancellation Process

3. Household Goods Shipment

4. Job Training / Professional Development

5. Acclimating to New Job

6. Settling-In at Destination

Each high-impact (HI) event causes three or more days of lost productivity, with an average of 6.6 HI events per homeowner and 6 per renter.

Applied to a program of 100 relocating employees (50% homeowners and 50% renters), the projected loss is startling:

  • Each homeowner experiences at least 19.8 days of lost work productivity
  • Each renter experiences at least 15 days of lost work productivity
  • The financial impact of lost productivity in terms of salary, benefits, and expected ROI, in addition to lost revenue, could be more than $900,000 per year

We invite you to discover how this industry-leading, tangible data can be used to drive significant enhancements to your program and decrease the overall impact of mobility on your business. To learn more about how to access both full studies and keep your employees’ momentum moving forward, hit the button below. Also stay tuned for the next iteration in the Momentum Survey Series, which will explore lump sum and limited benefit programs!

Cost of Lost Productivity

International Employee Profile

  • Us $150k base salary
  • 30% benefits
  • 5% office space and infrastructure cost
  • 10% expected ROI
  • 250 work days per year
diverse group of employees in a meeting
Move Types Avg. $ Cost per Lost Day Avg. Lost Productivity (# Days) Volume of Moves Annual Lost Productivity Cost
High Impacts Days (x3) $901 24.4 $
High Impacts (x3) and Low (x1) Impacts $901 39.21 {{ highVolMove }} $