Should we make a risky move?
March 1, 2009 4:29 PM Subscribe
In the middle of recenssion that just might become a depression, the sig oth and I both are thinking about asking our bosses if we can move to a new city -- and keep our jobs (ie, start working remotely). Are we nuts?
posted by maybephd to work & money (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My partner and I live in City X, which we don't love, and would like to move to City Y, where I grew up, and where my parents still live. The birth of our daughter nine months ago has added fuel to an already existing desire to move: It would be really nice to be near the grandparents, of course. And City Y is a city with more going for it, without a doubt.
My partner already works from home a few days a week (to spare him an hour commute), and has already found out from one boss that there's a decent chance it'll be OK to move away and telecommute full-time (they discussed confidentially -- said boss is cool like that), but there's been no discussion yet with the other bosses who would make the final call. My partner feels they will probably agree to the request. But who knows -- and what if the bosses decide they don't like the situation once we move, and cut my partner loose? After all, there's lots of laid-off talent just waiting to take the position...
As for me, I've said nothing to my bosses about my wishes. But not only would I like to request to move away and telecommute, I might request to go PT, if possible. There's really no good reason why I can't do my job remotely. As it is, I barely see my boss (who's in an office across the hall from mine), and I rarely see my coworkers unless I run into them in the hall. Everything is done by IM and e-mail. Working from home would probably be more of a hassle for me than for anyone else (I'd have to have an office set-up at home, etc.)
Creating a sense of urgency, here, is our desire to buy our first house. We are ready, and want to do it NOW while it's a buyers' market, natch. We can either play it safe, begrudgingly accept living in this town we don't love, and buy here with the thought that we might just sell & move again in a few years' time; or we can try this ballsy move and (assuming it works out) buy in the hometown city in an effort to get a step closer to the life we really want.
[Ultimately, I want to quit my job and go back to a previous (lower-paying) line of work, and/or work PT for a while until my daughter is a bit older. But that's sort of tangential to this query. Except for the fact of the house-buying issue. We sort of want to get a loan (assuming we can, which is of course a big 'if' right now) while we both have our current FT incomes. . .Thus I feel like I need to try to hang on to my job for at least a little while longer.]
Is it far too ballsy/risky to go asking for special work circumstances in a climate where jobs are being lost left and right -- not to mention in an industry (we both work in the same industry, incidentally) that's suffering some of the worst cutbacks and layoffs? I mean, from an employer's point of view, is it ridiculous for an employee to ask to move away and keep his or her job, and maybe even work fewer hours -- just because he/she wants to live somewhere else & change pace -- even if the job can be done from that other place? I might add that our staff is already almost evenly geographically divided, with members in three different cities. Not true for my partner, but his company has had people work remotely before, even people in his same position.
I apologize if this is a messy question. It feels like a messy situation, certainly. I just can't resist finding out what some objective listeners think. Thanks.