If you are not moving up, then why move? When moving up is not an option, a strategic sideways move can put you in a more advantageous position. Whether you move to another employer or to another department within the same company, this paper provides 6 reasons why a lateral move could be a good one. A lateral move may not be considered the most ideal one, but it could prove to be worthwhile. Only you know your personal and professional circumstances, so evaluate them carefully before you make any move - lateral or otherwise.