Job location

Location is a very important factor in anyone’s career. For some, even a location like Timbuktu would not make a difference, if that elevates his/her career further. However, there are some who wouldn’t mind turning down an opportunity to work in New York to stay close to their roots. Well, it’s all about priorities, and what is most important to you.

Age and familial status play the most important role when it comes to deciding the location of work. Industry experts feel that unmarried employees are more mobile compared to married ones, as the latter have to take into account factors like children’s education, safety, infrastructure, cost of living, quality of life etc. With the onset of double-income nuclear families (DINF) questions like whether a spouse’s transfer is possible or if he/she can pick up another job in a new location, have arisen.

Fresh personnel or people new to the workforce generally don’t have deep roots and binding responsibilities and so tend to be more open to relocation. People who have had some prior experience during their schooling or college education or have family ties tend to settle down earlier. Also, the opportunity to spend more quality time with family tends to influence the decision to stay back in the new city.

People with strong career inclinations do not mind traveling or compromising on location, if that elevates their career prospects. Observes a HR expert, there is a set of people who are ‘globally smart’ and who realize that development in one part of the world would always have a bearing on others. So if jobs are shriveling in N America and rising in the BRIC region today, there’s every possibility that the job bubble would shift to that part of the world.

Infrastructure and technology have grown by leaps and bounds, and have made the world a global village. It is not necessary for a person to be in a particular place and respond to a local query.

However, while working remotely from any city, and connecting to the parent office through the Net is possible, it will take much longer to reach the stage where we actually get out of the ‘physical meeting’ concept.

Enterprises are striving towards various means to accommodate their employees’ desire of locations focusing on specialized functions, where relocations and transfers are not a very regular phenomenon. For instance, Compass Connection’ London and Washington offices serve as sales offices and relationship management bases, while the rest of the operation are carried out of the Mumbai office. Most of their employees are from Mumbai and most of the critical operations are carried out of this office. They have not faced any problem in recruitment or retention because of being unable to offer ‘choice locations’ to their employees. Being sensitive to employees’ location preferences will surely help gain their loyalty.

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