When it comes to productivity measures, workplace engagement is really low, across the globe. According to Gallup's "State of the Global Workplace," the percentage of adults who work full time for an employer and are engaged at work -- they are highly involved in and enthusiastic about their work and workplace -- is only 15%. At 31%, employees in the United States and Canada are the most likely to be highly engaged.  

The IMPACT Group found in their recent study, "The People Perspective on Relocation," that 75% of the relocating employees that they surveyed reported high level of engagement after their move.   

With so many companies currently considering the employee experience and mapping out the relocation journey in order to improve the overall experience, the report provides more interesting data as it relates to the phases of the relocation. Prior to the move, employee engagement was 60%, during the move it dropped to 50% and then spiked after the move to 75%. 

While the excitement level is high for most employees both before and after the move, fear, financial concerns and getting settled are higher prior to the move than after. On the flip side, loneliness doubles after the move.  

The report goes on to consider the Millennial experience, family versus single employees, spousal career concerns and dual income issues. For those companies out there biting into the employee experience, I would recommend reviewing the report

The report concludes with highlighting three metrics for relocation success which are:

  1. Relocation success
  2. Willingness to relocate again
  3. Overall happiness

In the study:

  1. 92% felt the relocation was successful
  2. 82% would relocate again
  3. 92% were happy

Looks like relocating employees may be the most engaged people you have working at your company!