More and more companies are relocating positions for business reasons. But at the same time, a growing number of professionals are attached to their current locales and are hesitant or unwilling to move. This could be detrimental to career growth, and yet lifestyle and family preferences can’t be ignored.
So, what’s the solution to the relocation dilemma?
A Personal Decision
Keep an open mind when considering relocation. Initially, your reaction may be negative, but consider the long-term picture. Perhaps your spouse needs to stay behind for their career, but the alternative could be commuting on weekends. And any such lifestyle change leads to significant stress, but in most cases, it’s only temporary.
At any rate, deciding whether or not to relocate is a personal decision. It may be an excellent option for someone in a position to move their life to a new area with minimal disruption; for example, a person at the beginning of their professional life. On the flip side, someone later in their career or with a family may have stronger ties to their current home.
As you make your decision, consider these possible advantages to relocation:
- More job opportunities: This is especially likely if you move to an area with a lower unemployment rate. Compare the number of job listings in your target city with those where you currently live.
- Better job security: If your company is relocating, a move could save your job. And, leadership will recognize your willingness to move with the business, which may enhance your chance of a promotion at some point.
Factors that may be detrimental to relocating include:
- Cost: Find out the details of your company’s policy on covering moving expenses. Will they reimburse you or provide an up-front bonus for relocating? If you have a house to sell, will the company pay your living expenses for a reasonable amount of time until the sale is successful? Some companies even purchase homes in order to move higher-level managers.
- Stress: Loneliness, homesickness and separation anxiety are very real and can be painful, at least at first. And acclimating to a new community is chaotic until you settle in, become familiar with the lifestyle, and meet friends and neighbors.
Have a Plan
The relocation decision boils down to your career goals and aspirations. So think about it carefully and rationally, and involve your loved ones in the process.
- Look at your objectives. If you feel that a move will help you reach them, then you should consider it.
- Weigh the pros and cons. Ask yourself what you have to gain and lose.
- Develop a realistic time line. Remember, if it doesn’t work out, you can always move back. But be realistic: You may have to restart a job search if and when that time comes. You really can’t turn the clock back or rewrite history. So don’t bail out too soon.
Working with a professional coach can be an asset in mapping out your career path, including such turning points as relocation, if and when the option occurs. To learn more, give the experts at Select Group, Inc., a call today.