My husband and I relocated this past spring to a new state. My husband had been out of work for two years in the prior state with no hope of finding work in his field, so he started looking in other states and found one in the place where we are now. It’s a fairly large company that has been in business for many years. They paid for our move here.
He was hired into a very small department in a satellite office, just him and his supervisor in this office. The main department is in the main office about 1.5 hours away. He has really enjoyed working with his supervisor and we love the city where we live.
Well, a couple of weeks ago his supervisor tendered his resignation. He was offered a job with another company paying an extremely generous salary and couldn’t possibly turn it down. So that leaves my husband alone in the office in this town.
The department boss immediately requested that my husband come to the main office to do some work and so they could discuss the situation. My husband is an older employee, very technically skilled and has been working in this industry for a long time. He went to the main office expecting things to remain somewhat the same, but with an open mind about what might happen.
The department boss said that he thinks that my husband needs to be working in the main office now, the one that is an hour and a half drive from our house. Of course, my husband is not too thrilled with this idea, nor am I, since I am due to give birth in the next 4 weeks and we just got settled in here a few months ago. The boss is also saying that my husband gets paid more than others in the department and that could cause some friction with the other employees, so it sounds like he not only wants my husband to be traveling 1.5 hours each way per day, but he wants to cut his pay by 10% to be in line with other employees pay.
There are people in his office here who are saying they want him to stay here, would like the department presence in the office, but it’s just not looking like anyone is saying anything about it. His department boss keeps making noises about him making the permanent switch to the main office after the baby is born.
I’m willing to compromise, so I went to the map to see what towns were between here and there where we could settle sometime in the next few months when our lease was up. Between here and there? Nothing but highway and swamp. No small towns, nothing. So frustrating. The town where the main office is leaves a lot to be desired in terms of traffic, culture, etc. We love where we live now and the opportunities available to us here.
So what would you do?