Outstation transfers come with a whole lot of changes on a professional and personal level.
Staying away from home is both challenging as well as a learning experience. With most private and government organizations having a pan Indian presence, it is not uncommon to find people being deployed outside of their hometown for work related reasons. But with outstation transfers not only do you have to deal with a new office and a new set of colleagues but also grapple with a host of other changes in terms of language, food and culture. Not to forget the occasional moments of home sickness and a longing for home made food.
Staying away from home can make a person independent, and enable them to learn to interact with different kinds of people.
Each company has their own policy as far as transfers and rent reimbursements are concerned. Some of them have tie ups with brokers so as to help their employees find a house while some provide quarters to their employees subject to their position in the organizations. There are also cases wherein the employees voluntarily ask for transfers (it mostly happens in the case of newly married women). There are certain organizational protocols which facilitate this.
Dealing with transfers:
While work related transfers seem inevitable in today’s times there are effective ways to deal with them. Some of them are given below:
Know the place:
Once you have learnt that you are going to be transferred to a different place, it is a good idea to gather information on the place and know about its culture and lifestyle.
If you have any relatives or friends there try and get in touch with them. Once you reach the place make a note of the details of the nearest police station and hospitals. These will always come in handy during emergencies.
Overcome language barriers:
While it is difficult to suddenly find yourself in a place full of people speaking a language unknown to you, you must try understanding the local language if not speaking it. Getting used to the local flavor or a place makes it easier to adapt to changes.
Food is another issue that people face when in a new place. Hence you must learn basic cooking or polish your cooking skills if you already know it. It helps in reducing your dependence on restaurants and other culinary outlets. However, given the increase in migration of people most places these days have Tiffin services that can be relied on. Those who shift cities with their families in town usually do not face these problems.
These days most youngsters find themselves transferred to varied locations. While staying independently and doing your own things are exciting prospects. It is a good thing to stay with a couple of friends or office colleagues. You could not only end up sharing responsibilities, finance but are better equipped to deal with exigent situations.
While only the location changes and not the organization’s general working practices and ethics. You must learn to handle these alterations effectively. But on the professional front too you must be open to interacting with different kinds of people and their ways of working.
Outstation transfers must not unsettle an employee and leave him /her flummoxed. Every company needs people who are wiling to travel and interact. Besides most organizations these days strive for heterogeneity at their workplaces. Also having people from different backgrounds and schools of thinking adds to the fabric of any corporate organization.
Excerpts from Mumbai Mirror