Reasonable Time To Relocate For A Job
The time it takes to relocate for a job is also addressed in the law. If an employee has worked over 12 months for their employer, they can’t be fired without reasonable warning or opportunity to correct (except in cases where the employer’s business suddenly shuts down because of the financial crisis). Taking into consideration all relevant circumstances, what is a reasonable time will vary from case to case. However, employers should keep these general factors in mind:
- The distance and travel time to work for both parties;
- Expenses involved (e.g., moving truck rental)
- How much notice is required by either party?
- What type of jobs are involved? Low-paid jobs typically require less relocation period than higher-paid jobs, which involves more complex relocation arrangements.
- How many workers (i.e., one or more) will be affected and how critical is the labor shortage?
- The responsibility of the employer is to find a new position for its employees; while on the other hand, employees bear the responsibility to look for new jobs where they are relocated.
Reasons To Relocate For A Job
There are many reasons to relocate for a job. Here are some of the most common reasons:
- A new job in another place, which is either highly paid or highly qualified;
- Better working conditions;
- The chance of promotion;
- Taking care of family members (e.g., parents with health problems) or being closer to family members (e.g., children studying at university).
It is important to say that relocation benefits vary from one person to another; thus, the main factors of such benefits are:
- A new job;
- The number of years that an employee has worked for the company;
- The wage difference between the old job and the new job.
“For some companies, it makes sense to have employees relocate for a certain period, but retain them on staff after their term is up.”
It’s not just about economics. If you move away from your home overnight, you will feel surprised by how much things change in so little time. You can imagine what you could feel if it were longer than a year.
Should I Relocate For A Job?
One of my best friends moved to Washington after she got married. It’s so expensive but her salary was increased by 30%. She likes it now, though. If you’re considering relocating for a job, think about the following:
- Do I like the location?
- How much will I be making? Is the money worth the stress and time it takes to move (and find an apartment)?
- What do people in my profession make in that area? Are they happy with their careers? Will I be satisfied with the work culture or career path?
- Have I researched housing prices and school districts in that area?
Relocation benefits are available through many companies today. Usually, relocation benefits include moving expenses, temporary housing for up to three months, reimbursement for travel to the area, and help finding an apartment. However, these benefits are usually given only once every five years.
If you’re not ready to move away from your family or if you’d prefer a job that provides more opportunities for advancement within your company, there are other options available. You can ask for a promotion to keep your current job but have it moved closer to home. Your boss may be willing to relocate you instead of hiring another person who would have conflicting priorities because they must still report back to their current office. Another option is telecommuting through the Internet or through telephone conferencing technology. This allows people to work at home or in satellite offices.