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Topia Event Survey Shows Enterprise Global Mobility Programs Need Improvement; Nearly 60% of Attendees Rate Their Current Approach as Basic to Inconsistent

SAN FRANCISCO (November 6, 2019) — Topia, the leading provider of Global Mobility Management (GMM) software,  today announced the results of a “feet on the street” survey conducted at two recent high-profile HR events. Topia polled global mobility and HR practitioners at the Global Workforce Symposium in Boston and UNLEASH World in Paris to gauge their impressions of their mobility programs’ maturity and strategic posture, finding significant room for improvement in organizations’ current programs. Nearly 60% of survey participants rated their mobility program processes as “basic” to “inconsistent” and reactive in nature, while organizations see the value of global mobility with 40% of respondents using it to retain, develop and source talent.

The Global Workforce Symposium is the largest global mobility event in the U.S., bringing nearly 2,000 global mobility practitioners, vendors and partners together. UNLEASH World is the premier event for senior HR technology buyers; this year’s conference in Paris drew 4,400 attendees. Here are some of the most notable findings from the Topia event survey:

  • Half of all respondents rate visibility and control over mobility costs as “not optimized” with only 18% stating they have complete visibility.
  • 30% think their global mobility compliance has more risk than they should when it comes to tax, immigration, and payroll.
  • Less than 25% of the attendees polled believe their relocating employees would rate their experience as “very satisfied.”
  • The top three mobility program goals for the next 12 months include: Improving the employee experience (56%), increasing operational efficiency (46%) and supporting talent management objectives in an agile manner (36%).

These results indicate that there’s much room for improvement in the way companies approach mobility today. The event survey also shows that attendees recognize the need to move to a more strategic and proactive posture with 40% of respondents citing mobility as key to retaining top talent and employee development.

“Our event survey results track with what we’re hearing from companies around the world,” said Neha Mirchandani, CMO of Topia. “As more organizations embrace the benefits of talent mobility as it relates to their broader people strategy, a focus on improving employee experiences and operational efficiency of their global mobility programs is a must. By leveraging technology for proactive program monitoring and investment optimization our customers can gain a competitive edge in today’s tight talent market.”

To learn more about the ways HR practitioners view their mobility programs and the efforts they are undertaking to make them more strategic, read Topia’s blog post featuring an infographic based on the survey results and a short video.

Topia’s cloud-based platform provides a comprehensive and configurable global mobility management suite that delivers delightful employee experiences through modern interactive tools. Topia integrates with leading HRIS platforms, payroll providers, and immigration solutions to turn mobility into a strategic advantage for some of the world’s most recognizable businesses. To learn more visit

About Topia

Topia, the industry’s leading provider of Global Mobility Management software, empowers market-leading enterprises to mobilize global talent and deliver unparalleled employee experiences while allowing organizations to continuously adapt to meet the business needs of tomorrow. With Topia, HR teams can now experience the automation of the entire mobility process, from scenario-based planning and compliance risk management to expat payroll, reporting and more. Topia’s data-rich, interactive employee application delivers a consumer-grade experience by centralizing relocation-based tasks and data while providing interactive tools to help take the stress out of moving. Topia powers global mobility programs for many of the world’s most trusted brands, including Schneider Electric, Dell, Veolia, Société Générale, Equinor, AXA and more. Founded in 2010, Topia has raised over $100M from New Enterprise Associates (now NewView Capital) and Notion Capital and is a global company with offices throughout the Americas and EMEA. For more information, go to and follow Topia on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

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