(Closed) Job vs. Commute?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@kaa32:  I would work at your job until you can find another. My mom used to drive 2 hours each way to her job… and after a couple of years they let her work from home a couple days a week. She did what she had to, to look after my sister and I.

I don’t think it’s practical to do that arrangement long-term… but I think it also might be a bad idea to give the job up right away in case you can’t find another.

See if you can get a raise and/or work from home a couple of days… there must be something they’re willing to bend on if they’re trying to keep you there.

Post # 6
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

What do you do for a living? Have you investigated jobs in your field where you would be potentially living? If you think you would be able to find a comparable job within a year, I would absolutely work out some sort of work-at-home/commute balance for your current position. But if your staying behind makes sense for the now, you and your Fiance might just have to do it.

We are lucky enough to live within a 35-minute public transit commute (with one transfer) from my office and a 20-minute drive from FI’s work. But, there are plenty of people in my office who have some pretty insane (for me) commutes. We are in Philadelphia, but I know people who take Amtrak from Baltimore and Harrisburg (centralish PA). We also have some full-time work-at-home people who are out of state. But, the work my company does isn’t done everywhere and the benefits are amazing, so people do what they have to do!


Post # 7
1185 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I work 2 hours from home.  My position is part time so I work three days per week.  One day I make the round trip and one night I stay overnight so I only have to drive one way each of those days.  It works for now.

Post # 10
412 posts
Helper bee

Another option: how often is it “busy”? If it’s only a few weeks of the year that you’re worried for his safety, it might just make more sense for him to either a) get a hotel for a few bad nights, or b) see if any of your friends in the area have a spare bedroom he could borrow for a nominal fee (or just get them a really nice gift/getaway, depending on how many weeks in a year it is); since he’s always working it’s not really much of an imposition. It would suck that you wouldn’t see him much during busy times, but I’m guessing you don’t really anyway, and this might be a good short-term (6 mos to 2 years) solution until you find something else closer to his work.

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