If you are transferred or relocated while in your job without your consent then!

@aliasad (1567)
Pakistan
May 18, 2007 7:36am CST
It is not a supposed question but the practicle one :) To all those on-job or to be jobian very soon. Well, here at my work place one of our colleague is just transferred to a remote area and he is going to resign rather to join. What we have suggested to him is to just follow the orders and resume the job over there since employer had already got the agreement signed that "You are being posted at ---- and can be deployed anywhere in country!" He argues that it would have been after mutual consent! I want to know your reaction by placing you in that position. Would you like to do as he is doing? Would you silently go to other place being directed? What would be the best suggestion in case? Thanks for help friends!
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
19 May 07
Good morning Aliasad, Let me preface by saying that I can only share with you what I would do in the same circumstance. If I signed an employment contract indicating that I agreed to an air-tight clause subjecting me to relocation anywhere within the country, without my consent, I'd start packing. I surely wouldn't be very happy about it, but my word is my bond. If I agreed to the transfer clause, then I'd go, if there was no way to talk the company out of the move. Before I agreed, I would work fast and furiously to make a case to submit to the company that outlines all the reasons why it would be more advantageous for me to stay at my current posting. If my arguement wasn't strong enough, or to no avail, then I would certainly go. However, if the contract does stipulate 'mutual agreement' to a transfer, and if I was happy and productive where I was, I would fight the transfer, as your friend is. And, I would also be paying a visit to a contract attorney to evaluate my chances of ligigating for breach of contract.
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
8 Aug 07
Hello Aliasad, I haven't been online much lately, so I missed your having awarded the Best Answer designation to me. Thank You! I apologize that it's taken me this long to reply, and hope you will overlook my poor manners. Thanks again!
• India
18 May 07
I will go to the place where i am transferred. There is nothing to think about it. You are being transferred based on your efficiency and hardwork. You wont get the chance again and again. You will be getting only some time, when the company feels that you are the eligible person to handle the work at that place. We should take it as a challenge and we should show that we are adjustable to any kind of situation and capable of doing our work at any place.
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
19 May 07
A very progressive approach indeed. You are right that if someone has the capabilities then he must accept the challenge :) Thanks for a very nice input.
18 May 07
Being in the forces I move locations pretty regularly. I have even spent 3 years on a small island that was ten miles by five, that was an interesting posting! I think if you sign up for a job and know that you may be moved about then when it happens you just have to grin and bare it. I know I don't really have a choice as I HAVE to go where they tell me, but a contract is a contract no matter what. Anyway, to have the luxury of leaving a job because you don't like where you could be working is one luxury I don't have at the moment, but give it another 4 years.......
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
19 May 07
Yeah it is compulsory especially in forces where you have to move anywhere .... sometimes at heights and sometimes in deserts etc. I know here some of my friends serving in armed forces.... they are much tight with the job. Contract is surely a bond to make both parties agreed. Thanks for response Jakester!
@vokey9472 (1489)
• United States
18 May 07
Well, unless I am in the armed services, I would think that the employer has to at least tell you where the new job is located and then ask if you are willing to relocate. I know that at all my jobs, there was always the question of would you be willing to relocate. If you said yes and a job came up that was elsewhere, they offered it to you. You didn't have to take it. I think that if I was working somewhere and they just decided to send me elsewhere and I didn't want to go, I would resign my position too.
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
19 May 07
O yes one must be asked before going to decide such step. You are right and thats the point he also concerns. Thanks for valued input!
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
18 May 07
I would think it would all depend on who you work for, If when you were hired and you signed a contract that you might be relocated then you have no argument, as that is conditions of employment, This is most often found in government jobs, military and police, or a large sales company. He of course has the right to refuse but it may cost him his job. In most companies you bid on a job, and then you are moved, but Like I said if you signed in the very beginning you take it or you leave.
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
19 May 07
Hmmmm Yes, you are right that sort of transfers are done in govt. jobs but here is a case of large organisation having about 200 plus offices. Argument can cost his job because professionalism is somethings else than the humanity ... I guess so!Thanks for response.
@mdchennai (2129)
• India
18 May 07
I feel that, he should go to the transferred place and work there for few days. At the same time, efforts should be on from his side, to come back to the place closer to his family. Anyway, i feel that he should approach the top official of his office and explain them about his problem. If they give this transfer to a bachelor then it is a different case but to a family man, it will be very difficult to stay away from his family.
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
18 May 07
Thats great idea! I agree with you mdchennai! Yes, he is no more bachelor and have two children. We have also suggested the same to him. Thanks for response.
@Mithoo (255)
• Pakistan
18 May 07
I think he is going to make absolutely wrong decision. You know, jobs are not easy to get and if he is worried about his domestic problems then he must talk to higher authorities. I would suggest that he must join the duties first of then the next step. By the way, I would ask him why he didn't read the appointment letter? Was that something hidden from him? Don't worry, the job is not easy to do but I wish him all the best.
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
18 May 07
I agree with you Mithoo! Decision is wrong in the sense that jobs are hard to find and even if one does, possibilty to clamatize would also count. Thanks for response friend.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
21 May 07
I'm not in a postition to have the luxury of being transferred so if I was to go job-hunting, I would definately make sure there is no chance I would ever be asked to transfer to another location unless it was within driving distance from my home.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
21 May 07
hmm. its a real problem actually inj my previous company they did the same. After 4 months after joining, they transferred me to a certain location, then after settling down there in another 1.5 mo ths they again transferred me. that time i resisted. But i think if you are really not ready to go, they can't just forcebly take you. I talked with my manager and at last i stayed back.
• Nigeria
19 May 07
well i know for sure there are some jobs that requires redeployment of staff after a period of time. I don't think its a big deal since he as already signed a contract terms to that effect. For me i would gladly accept it as i see it as an opportunity to learn new culture and to impress my boss who might have decided to relocate me cause of my high work rate. If it includes a high pay rise or offers more benefit than the previous one i would gladyly go, if not i might be grumbling a little bit but might accept
@sihanik (119)
• Malaysia
19 May 07
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@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
19 May 07
Last year, my husband was in that position. Oh, he had a choice, move or lose your job. We decided to move, but we were in a better position than some people who were forced to move with the same employer. We rented our home for one thing, our kids except for one are all grown, so we decided to move. For one thing, he has a really good job, he has been with the company for 20 years, has benefits and a pension. We searched around at home for jobs before we decided, and jobs like his are few and far between. It was hard, but I believe we made the right decision. I think it's something that should be at least considered.
@GardenGerty (99319)
• United States
19 May 07
In one of my jobs, I sign a contract that specifies that the employer can transfer me anywhere for the good of the work. I have seen this stipulation misused, to try to force someone to weaken or give in on another issue. I know one person who "stuck it out" regarding the transfer. She is back where she belongs now. I would do that because that is just how bull headed, or adventure loving I am. I tend to look for the advantages everywhere.
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
18 May 07
I had a job that was going to force me to transfer to Cleveland. They didn't care that I was married and that my husband's company didn't have an office in Cleveland. I, too, quit the job. Of course, I found a new job before I resigned, but I wasn't interested in moving to Cleveland. So I didn't.
@gberlin (3836)
18 May 07
Wow, that is a tough question especially if it was not mutually agreed upon by your friend and his boss. I guess for me it would depend on how bad I needed the job. If your friend does not want to go and he has another job lined up then he should resign. For me, I would need to have another job lined up or I would go where my boss asked me to go.
@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
18 May 07
Well Sweet I am an Ex Army Wife so I know all about that we moved 10 times in 12 years and then bought a House once we where in the UK as I was fed up having to move all the time and changing Jobs also I wanted the Kids settled so that they could stay at one School and get a decent education Now as far as I know he does not have to make that move unless he has signed a Contract which states that he is prepared to be transferred when the Company sees it fit if he has not signed that then he can refuse
18 May 07
Some jobs are like that. When personnel are needed in a different location rather than sacking someone and having to appoint another the company transfers. Surely he knew this might happen? Perhaps he just did not think it would happen to him or at this time. In this day and age he has the opportunity to resign instead but he should try and move if he likes the job. He might even find he prefers the locality when he is settled there. Good luck to him.