How to Relocate and Tell Your Boss

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Whether moving to a new job or transitioning to a new position with your current company, relocating is a frightening time when you have to finish your current work, prepare for your new life elsewhere and tell your boss about your decision. Preparation and planning are key to ensuring that this process is smooth and that you leave your position in the hands of someone who is ready to fill your shoes.

  • Plan ahead and make sure that your boss is not caught unaware by explaining your intention to relocate enough in advance for your boss to make plans to fill your position. As an example, if you explain your intentions to your boss at least three to six weeks before your relocation, she has enough time to fill your position and prepare for your departure.

  • Break the news to her respectfully by speaking to your boss in person, offering a brief explanation of why you intend to relocate and by giving a specific date. Avoid telling your boss this information initially in emails or letters because you cannot guarantee that he will receive the message. Write a formal letter of intent, documenting your reasons for relocating and the specific date of your move. Give copies of this letter to your boss and the human resources department and others as your company requires.

  • Speak to your human resources department about job opportunities with your current company in the area where you intend to relocate. Consider your options and apply through human resources for your new position. If you intend to seek a new employer, apply early but inform the new company of your first available date of employment and of your intentions to finish your time with your current employer.

  • Offer to interview and train potential new employees for your position and work to ensure that your replacement will benefit your company. Provide your replacement with your phone number and email address and inform him that he can contact you at any point if he has a question about the job or his responsibilities. Stay positive with your replacement and avoid passing along any poor feelings about your employer or fellow employees.

  • Work overtime during your final weeks to finish specific projects and document projects that you will not finish. Keep your documentation clear and thorough by providing clear intentions for the next steps to take with each project and by providing clear information on previous steps. Document any problems or complications with your current projects to allow your replacement to continue with your current work with a minimal transition period.

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