Workers Resist Reassignment

A new survey released Oct. 24 by the Conference Board, an organization of industry representatives that conducts management and economic research, concludes that employees increasingly turn down job relocation offers due to family interests. Companies are responding with increased relocation help to entice workers to accept moves.

According to the survey, as reported in today's BNA Daily Report for Executives, workers at more than half the companies surveyed turn down relocation assignments because of concerns about children and their spouses' jobs, while employees at 36 percent of companies said that they would not relocate within the United States because of elder-care issues.

Eighty percent of companies surveyed offer moving assistance, such as house-hunting trips, moving of personal goods and rental houses. Fewer companies offer less traditional services, such as family counseling and elder-care referral, although more and more companies are offering those services. Career assistance for spouses of reassigned employees is increasingly important.

The Conference Board Study is available for $60 at (212) 339-0345.

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