I was working on a project in the specific city (as a project lead) where I was in the client location for about 6 months. After working there for 6 months, I expressed a desire to move to another city so that I would be closer to family and friends.
Since I had established a very strong relationship with the client, the client was perfectly willing to let me relocate as long as I continued working on that project remotely as they really appreciated my work. This was communicated to all my managers, directors and clients and they were all perfectly on board with it.
Recently a new senior director has come on board who was looking at some of the issues which have arisen in the project (which had to do with resourcing - not something I deal with and he raised a point that it does not make sense for the project lead to be working remotely). My manager immediately agreed and is now insisting that I relocate back to that city immediately despite me constantly telling her that I am not willing due to personal reasons.
The client has clearly stated that they don't mind me flying out once in a month to work at their office location for a short duration (like 3-4 days) as long as my company is paying for the airfare and accommodation. This was agreed upon long back and I am wondering if I should bring this up as well.
My questions are as follows
- How do I clearly explain to her that I am not willing to move?
- How do I highlight that forcing to me move against my will will only affect my willingness to continue working in the project (I am key to the project since I am one of the very few people with knowledge about the functioning of the project and the client has openly said that my current company is extremely lucky to have me)?