Ebirim Samuel Iheanacho PhD
Department of Political Science,
Oduduwa University Ipetumodu
Osun State, Nigeria

Okere Olukemi Maureen PhD
Aloba Idowu Folorunsho, PhD
Department of Public Administration,
Oduduwa University Ipetumodu,
Osun State, Nigeria

Owing to rapid industrialisation, global competition and the development of high technology, employee relocation transfer has become common practice for corporations and organisations worldwide. This study explores the effects of employee transfer on family well-being because employee relocation is a significant life event that impacts the employee as well as their family members. The study employed a cross-sectional survey research approach, distributing structured questionnaires to 291 local government employees from four local government areas of Osun and Ondo States that were purposefully selected. Likert scale was used to quantitatively measured work transfer (relocation) as the independent variable, and family well-being as the dependent variable. The resulting regression analysis reveals that employee transfer/relocation has a positive association with family well-being of the local government employees. The study, therefore, concludes that local government employees view job relocation as an opportunity for new job challenges and future career enhancement, and thus recommends that dialogue between various government departments and transferees should be promoted to facilitate effective transition for all parties involved.
Keywords: Employee relocation, Family well-being, Local Government Employees, Osun, Ondo

Due to rapid industrialisation, increased global competition, and sophisticated technology, many enterprises and organisations worldwide move and relocate individuals1. Nigerian public service job transfer policy began during British colonial rule. The Federal Military Government did not implement the 1976 local government reforms, which gave the third tier of government authority to transfer local government workers, until the mid-1970s2. Additionally, the changes unified the nation’s varied local government administrative systems.

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