Companies looking to reduce their overhead costs have been moving their offices to areas that may be harder to access and increase commute times. While these locations often come with bigger spaces and lower rents, they are not geographically convenient most of the time.
This has led these companies to offer more amenities and flexible work options in order to alleviate the nuisance of longer commutes.
“Hardly anyone in tech here works in an actual office,” said one worker, whose company pays for her coworking space in Atlanta. “So many coworking spaces. Traffic is also a beast here, so that plays a role. I have a desk at a local tech coworking space—but I’m writing this from my couch. Go figure.”
However, some companies offer “perks” such as good parking and even the option to simply leave the company. Others may not provide any incentive at all.
Overall, if your company asks you to relocate, it is vital to negotiate a fair relocation package. Some things to consider are moving expenses, as well as the cost of living and tax rates in your new area.