Allied HR IQ Announces Initial Results of 2013 Workforce Mobility Survey

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Human Resource Professionals see an improving economic picture; Telecommuting policies are generally weak, but workplace flexibility is very important to companies.

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73% of companies report the biggest perceived problem with telecommuting is “slow responsiveness to communication."

Allied Van Lines Inc., one of the world’s largest moving companies and a subsidiary of SIRVA Inc., announced initial findings of its Allied HR IQ 2013 Workforce Mobility Survey. Research by Allied HR IQ showcases trends and insights into mobility issues facing human resource professionals today.

According to the 2013 Allied Workforce Mobility Survey, human resource professionals feel like the light at the end of the tunnel regarding the economy is within reach. In 2013, 20% of HR professionals characterize unemployment in their region as “high” or “excessive,” which is lower than 30% reported in the 2012 survey.

As it relates to mobility, the survey found that 61% of those who are age 30 years and under are the most willing to relocate with career advancement and salary increases as the main drivers while a spouse’s job and children are the main drivers to not relocate.

After Yahoo’s decision to end telecommuting earlier this year, Allied HR IQ also surveyed HR professionals on how telecommuting is viewed and used in their company with interesting results:

46% of companies surveyed allow telecommuting and nearly 1 in 4 employees on average take advantage of it.

65% of companies allow telecommuting to help employees achieve work-life balance.

9% of companies felt their existing telecommuting policy was strong regardless of the size of the company.

A strong telecommuting offering was not a major factor for companies with “highly successful” recruiting programs.

Although HR professionals report that their companies’ telecommuting policies are weak, they believe their organizations are relatively strong in providing “flexible working arrangements” (which include flex hours, personal time off, liberal vacation policies, etc.).

60% of HR professionals report that telecommuting has been “somewhat successful” while only 34% say it has been “highly successful.”

On average, companies believe 9% of employees abuse their telecommuting policy.

73% of companies report the biggest perceived problem with telecommuting is “slow responsiveness to communication.”

For a full summary and downloadable infographics related to our telecommuting results as well as our 2012 Allied Mobility Survey results, please visit our website at

About Allied Van Lines

Established in 1928, Allied Van Lines, 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 Van Lines, visit Allied Van Lines, Inc., 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 Move Management, SIRVA Relocation and SIRVA Settlement. More information about SIRVA can be found on the Company's Web site at

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