NEW YORK -- More and more employes today are resisting being transferred to the nation's expensive areas, a nationwide survey of relocation administrators conducted by Runzheimer International found.
Areas cited by the administrators for being the most difficult to get workers to move to were, in order, the New York metropolitan area, the Los Angeles area, Boston, San Francisco and the District.
Some 82 percent of the poll's 143 respondents told the Rochester, Wis., travel information company they had encountered such resistance from employes.
Survey spokesman Kenneth Groh attributed most of the resistance to the widening gap between home values in various parts of the United States.
One example cited was that of an employe transferring from Houston to New York. Back in 1980, it would have cost 37 percent more to purchase a comparable home in the New York suburbs than in the Houston suburbs. The same relocation process today would cost 161 percent more.
Some 36 percent of the surveyed administrators said employe resistance toward high-cost areas is rising. Only 6 percent noted a decrease.
To combat the trend, many companies now offer financial help to lure employes to these places. Various forms of assistance include a cost of living differential payment, a salary increase or bonus, or a loan for a home down payment, the survey found.