Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) June 11, 2012
Larger companies hold a considerable edge over smaller companies in recruiting, relocating and onboarding new employees because they put more money, structure and organizational support behind these activities, according to the 2012 Allied Workforce Mobility Survey.
Still, smaller companies have advantages, too, and there are opportunities to compete head-on with larger firms if they can muster the organizational will to do so, according to the survey of 500 HR professionals in the U.S.
In several respects, smaller companies are equal to or competitive with larger firms:
The present survey release is based on a segmentation of results from small companies (less than 200 full-time employees), midsize companies (200 to 2,499 employees), large companies (2,500 to 10,000 employees) and mega-sized companies (more than 10,000 employees). Previous survey results were released April 30 and May 21. Complete results with downloadable charts and commentary are available at http://www.alliedhriq.com.
HR professionals at larger companies are more likely to rate their recruiting, relocating and onboarding programs as “highly successful.” For example, 46 percent of HR professionals at mega-sized companies rate their recruitment programs as “highly successful.”
But it’s not a rule that smaller companies are not as competitive in recruiting. For those that leverage best practices and significant resources, the returns are significant. More than one-quarter of small companies (28 percent) are “highly successful” at recruiting.
Interestingly, larger-company HR departments are not more likely to be staffed by experts in recruiting, relocating or onboarding. The percentage of “experts” at companies averages between 19 and 27 percent, regardless of size.
“This data set on expertise is one of several that should reassure HR professionals at smaller companies,” explained Jeff Knapton, vice president at Allied Van Lines, which sponsored the survey.
“One of the survey’s main implications is that HR professionals at all sized companies can find opportunities to sharpen their competitive edge, and in some cases, this edge can make up for differences in spending,” Knapton said.
Larger companies are more likely to look beyond the U.S. or regional locations when recruiting.
Four of five mega companies will recruit from international (25 percent) or national (57 percent) geographic areas. By comparison:
Does casting the net wider correlate with more spending for larger companies? Surprisingly not. Average costs per hire (not including relocation costs) are as follows:
Some of the sharpest differences between company sizes come in the area of relocation. Spending across small, midsize and large companies is comparable (between $9,606 and $14,007), but mega-sized companies spend three times as much (averaging $41,052).
Reasons employees are “very likely” to leave before the one-year anniversary are comparable across all sized companies, except in a few areas, which may confirm some assumptions. Employees are more likely to leave small companies because of job performance or pay, and more likely to leave large companies because of working conditions.
About Allied Van Lines
Established in 1928, Allied Van Lines, Inc., with more than 400 agent locations in North America, is an experienced leader in household goods moving and specialized transportation services. Allied is one of the world’s largest moving companies and one of the established global brands of SIRVA, Inc., a leader in providing relocation services to corporations, consumers and governments around the world. For more information about Allied, visit http://www.allied.com. U.S. DOT No. 076235
About SIRVA Inc.
SIRVA Inc. is a leading provider of relocation solutions to a well-established and diverse customer base around the world. The Company handles all aspects of relocation, including home purchase and home sale services, household goods moving, mortgage services, and home closing and settlement services. SIRVA conducts more than 300,000 relocations per year, transferring corporate and government employees in addition to individual consumers. SIRVA’s well-recognized brands include Allied, Allied International, Allied Pickfords, Allied Special Products, DJK Residential, Global, northAmerican, northAmerican International, SIRVA Mortgage, SIRVA Relocation and SIRVA Settlement. More information about SIRVA can be found on the company’s website at http://www.sirva.com.