Is it safe to ask my employer about relocation?
October 5, 2008 9:45 PM Subscribe
Is there any reason I shouldn't go out on a limb and ask my employer to be moved to a satellite office for personal reasons? I'm concerned about office-politic type things that I may not be considering. This is kind of a long story, so there are details inside.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm engaged to be married. My fiancee was originally going to school a few hours away from where I currently live, but she switched majors and went back to her home state, which is much farther away. The company I work at has an office that is ~2-3 hours away from her, which would be acceptable for the 2+ years that she has left in grad school. I'd be willing to drive down to our "home" on the weekends and just stay in the satellite office location during the week.
I like the company at which I work currently. It's really good to its employees, the work is largely interesting and exciting, and the company's future is very strong. I don't want to leave it, and even if I did, working in the city where my fiancee goes to school would be difficult given my job as a software developer and the fact that she's not going to school on a coast or near a very large city.
The company's satellite office has some software people in it, but it's a fairly small team with little room to grow. I'd also rather stick to the team I'm currently in. I know some people have moved to other offices because of personal situations before, but I don't know how those were brought up in the first place and I don't know if those people were seen as vital to the company (I've been around for fewer than 3 years, and while I think I've done a pretty good job I don't know that I could claim to be essential).
So what I'm wondering is if it's at all possible that I could hurt my career with this company by going to my manager and asking if this move would be possible? Maybe it's just a fear of rejection or something, but it seems like if they knew that I wanted to go to this other city to be closer to my fiancee that they would assume that I wasn't loyal to the company and as a result for any further time I do spend there (like if they say no and then I don't ever find a new job, resulting in staying there in the long term), I would fall out of favor with management, they would be conservative with raises and promotions or something like that. My career isn't everything to me, but I have such a good feeling about this company that I feel like it would be a bad idea to take it for granted and abandon it just because I can't wait a couple years to live with my fiancee. Am I being crazy? Should I put more trust into my employer's desire to keep its employees happy and just talk to them?
I've set up a gmail account at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are more questions I could answer to help with any advice you could give. Thanks for making it this far!