As the pandemic continues to rage on in the United States, many of us have felt isolated and lonely. This is especially true for anyone who is living away from their loved ones. One solution that many workers are trying is working from a new location. They’re going where their loved ones are.
Countless people are moving to their hometowns, near their parents or other cities where they have connections. Even if the move is temporary, it provides the needed relief of reconnecting with family and friends.
Many companies have become very good at remote work. Employees work from vacation homes or other countries or the guest room at a family member’s home. And they’re getting the same amount of work done that they were before.
If you’ve been wondering whether or not working from another city is right for you, explore your options. I’ve been surprised at how understanding many employers have been toward their employees. Even some government workers have the opportunity to apply to work from another location.
If you’re finding yourself lonely and in need of a change of scenery, now is the time. Before you do anything, consider this advice:
1. Have a conversation with your boss.
2. Get the verbal okay to work from another location.
3. Put your intention in writing in an email to confirm.
From there, you can plot your move.
If moving your stuff is not a viable option, look for a storage unit near where you currently live. For a small amount of money, you can store your current belongings until you return. Look for furnished apartments in your destination city. Typical apartment rental websites and vacation websites like AirBnB are a great place to start. If you don’t see good furnished options, some companies rent furniture from month to month.
The pandemic has been challenging for many employees. But for remote workers, this time may be an opportunity. If you’ve thought of working from another location, talk to your boss and do your research. Make your move and make some lemonade with these pandemic lemons.
— Angela Copeland, a career expert and founder of Copeland Coaching, can be reached at copelandcoaching.com.