ERIC Number: ED283090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Finding Solutions to Relocation Problems of Professionals. Working Paper No. 161.
Erkut, Sumru; Fields, Jacqueline P.
The growing resistance of professionals to relocate in response to a job offer or transfer is being widely discussed. Revisions in corporate relocation policies may be needed to overcome this resistance. Telephone interviews were conducted with 33 male and 35 female professionals in dual-career households to explore reactions to relocation. The results showed that 68% of respondents had moved in the past 10 years while 15% refused an offer to relocate. Only three respondents said they would never relocate, 60% mentioned salary increase and professional advancement as incentives to move, 51% mentioned a job offer in a desirable location, and 24% cited assurance of suitable employment for their spouse as an incentive to relocate. There were no race differences in having moved in the past or willingness to move. Blacks identified the same incentives to relocate as whites but they had additional considerations, including determining whether the company's interest was more than a token hiring of minorities and finding communities which were receptive to minorities. These findings suggest that companies can assist relocating employees by offering flexible relocation assistance benefits showing that the company cares about their well-being, and staying informed about the changing needs of relocating employees. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Employee Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Opportunities, Incentives, Personnel Policy, Professional Personnel, Promotion (Occupational), Racial Differences, Relocation, Work Attitudes
Wellesley College, Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, MA 02181 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.