Twenty-two percent of full-time employees have quit work because they couldn’t transfer offices or work remotely
Employees want the freedom to roam.
More adult workers are looking for jobs that will allow them to transfer offices or move to another city or state. It’s become such a priority that 22% of full-time US employees said they have quit a job because they were denied the opportunity to change locations, and 10% of those have done so at more than one job, according to a new study by mobility management company Topia and Wakefield Research. And millennials were 53% more likely to be selected by their employer to relocate at least once over any other age compared to 43% of Gen Xers and 38% of Baby Boomers.
Among those who have considered leaving their employer, more than half say they’d reconsider if given the opportunity to move to another office, even without additional pay or benefits.
The findings are not shocking, considering nearly half of employed Americans (43%) said they spent at least some time working remotely, according to a Gallup survey of more than 15,000 adults, a 4% increase since 2012. And with more American employees working digitally out of the office, relocating shouldn’t be a big ask if you can get all of your work done in a timely fashion out of the office or in another one. Career experts say it’s more about knowing the company.
“There’s a trust element and there’s a company culture element,” Steve Black, Topia co-founder and VP of customer solutions, told Moneyish. “If you’re at an organization that’s very big on facetime, convincing them to let you work remotely even for a day or week from home could be a challenge, but I think we’re seeing less of that with how video conferencing has taken off over the years, and how quickly you can build trust and relationships just by seeing them even if you’re halfway around the world.”
Being able to work from a more convenient office or location is something many workers — particularly those with children — take as seriously as their paychecks. Another survey by FlexJobs found that working parents rank work-life balance (84%) as more important than salary (75%) when considering whether to take a job or not. Of the 1,100 parents from the FlexJobs survey with children under the age of 18 who were polled, 75% also ranked flexible work options as a top factor in determining the jobs they chose to take.
And though 99% of US companies offer transfer or relocation programs, over 40% of working professionals say their employers don’t offer them or at least they’re unaware of the option, according to the Topia report.
“It appears this substantial gap mostly stems from poor internal communication. Employees know mobility can help build their career and they’re willing to relocate, but the majority never get the chance, so they look elsewhere for career advancement opportunities,” said Topia founder and CEO Brynne Kennedy.
And if your job is one that can’t be done remotely, finding out about open positions within the company at an office location that’s more ideal is one option, Black suggested. If you want to keep your current role, but are interested in getting experience abroad or in another city, making a play to try working remotely first is a good way to convince your boss you can make the change.
“I there’s anxiety from your boss about having you relocate, understand what the cause of that is — is it worries about performance or getting the work done, or is it growth? You could work remotely at first to show that you can get the job done,” advises Black, adding that tools like Slack instant messenger for office make it seamless for employees to communicate instantly when out of the office.
It’s worth noting that the cost to replace an employee ranges from $15,000 to as much as 300 percent of their annual salary, so it would potentially be in your employer’s best interest to keep you on the team rather than replacing your position.
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