Relocation, or workforce mobility, is often referred to as a post-World War II movement that grew from a business boom requiring employers to staff up and train workers quickly. In the early 1960s, relocation activity had become so pronounced that an entire industry began to build around this need. Initially, companies that moved employees were mainly concerned with the real estate needs of those they transferred, and it was not uncommon for an employee to be hired or summoned on a Friday and told to be in another city, ready to work, the following week!
Worldwide ERC® began in Chicago in 1964 as “The Employee Relocation Real Estate Advisory Council” (ERREAC), an organization developed by a small number of individuals with the help of the National Association of Realtors.In 1964, there were six members (and each member was a Director!). These Directors, who recognized the need for an association to address the growing needs of a nation that was increasingly moving its employees to increase productivity, created the Directory of Real Estate Brokers and Appraisers to identify the real estate community equipped to provide services to this new community.
Sixty companies attended the first ERREAC conference, and 88 companies were approved for membership in January of 1965.
ERREAC became the Employee Relocation Council (ERC) in 1975, was moved to Washington, DC, in 1977, and today is known as Worldwide ERC® to recognize our global reach. Over time, the association expanded its scope to address (in addition to real estate-related issues) household goods moving, spouse and partner needs, family concerns, ancillary services that support community assimilation and accelerate employee productivity in the new location, international assignments, and the tax and legal aspects of workforce mobility. Membership has grown to nearly 1,600 corporations and 10,000 service industry members around the world.
Worldwide ERC® is widely recognized as the authority on global workforce mobility, and continues to build on its network of professionals, partners and stakeholders, on its print and electronic programs and services, its research capabilities, technology tools that create e-solutions for its constituencies, and its public policy work to ensure best practices and standardization in the industry.