Workers want to relocate for numerous reasons, including family necessity, housing problems or personal preference. Some workers want to stay with their current employer even though they wish to relocate. In many cases, you can convince an employer to let you relocate by presenting well-defined and well-researched options.
Investigate offices for your organization throughout the country. If you work for a large organization, there's a possibility that an office is located near where you wish to live. Find information on an office near your destination, and offer to work there. If the new office doesn't have the same type of operations or doesn't include your job function, make a proposal on how you can accomplish your duties there. If there are no offices nearby, look at the option of working from home.
Create a comprehensive plan to present to your employer regarding working from home. Include scheduled visits, if necessary, to the office you previously worked in. Also include a list of office furniture, equipment and software you'll have in your home office, such as a desk, computer, office software and a fax machine. Your plan should also show your employer what services and technology you'll use to communicate remotely with co-workers, such as chat, email or virtual meeting software. Reassure your employer that you'll have superior phone service and a fast Internet connection.
Investigate cost-of-living differences. Use Internet sources such as job boards, salary Internet sites or CNNmoney.com to create a report of the cost-of-living difference between your current location and the new location. If the cost of living is higher, offer to maintain your current salary. If the cost of living is lower, be willing to decrease your salary. If there are no offices in the area where you wish to relocate, be willing to decrease your salary due to lower transportation costs. If a significant increase is necessary to maintain your current standard of living, look at alternatives such as waiting until your next scheduled salary increase to get a raise. Your employer is more likely to work with you if you present cost savings.
Present your research to your supervisor in a professional manner. Offer a solution for every concern your employer may have. Include your performance assessments, potential cost improvements and the reasons you need to relocate to another state. Assure your employer that you are dedicated to the organization, which is why you wish to continue employment with them. An employer is more likely to work with an employee who excels or has performed satisfactorily. Because employers are looking to cut costs, make your research and salary adjustment information appealing.