I want to relocate to an area not in my agency's network? Can that be done successfully?

An increasing number of employees want to live where their agency doesn't have an office.

An increasing number of employees want to live where their agency doesn't have an office. However, even as personal interests draw them to a location outside their company network, these staffers don't want to cut ties with a firm where their careers are on track.

Several employees have recently asked whether they could remain with us after such a move. In considering this request, we want to be as accommodating as we can, particularly for staffers who have demonstrated an ability to deliver superior value to our clients.

We look at the length of service and relevance to our clients. Then we study the practical aspect of such an arrangement - whether it will work for our clients and for us. Our mantra: To retain the best talent, geography is irrelevant.

By being flexible, we've kept these employees as active team members, so that we wouldn't lose important contributors who were respected both by peers and clients. They have access to all of the benefits of being in-network, including mentoring, training, and development. The relocated employees continue to feel appreciated and connected to us.

Stephanie Howley is VP of HR at GCI Group North America.

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