I posted a few months back about a new job that wasn't working out. Despite raising concerns, it got so bad and I was so stressed that I began applying for other jobs.
Whilst doing this, I was offered a sideways move which took me away from hated role into one potentially more 'me'. Same dept, just a different team. This was dressed up as you're fitting in so well already and wouldn't want to see you leave etc etc. Started this at beginning of November, but a week in and I was admitted to hospital. Have now been discharged, but have been signed off till December. I have only been in the new role for just one week.
Here's my dilemma. Having applied for other jobs, I have now been offered one back at my old workplace. Got the call today.
When I was in hated job, i would have accepted the old workplace offer in a heartbeat. But now I'm not sure what to do.
Pros to going back to old work place:
1/2 hr walk to work/10 min drive role is familiar to me (but has additional responsibilities) in case of emergencies, the office is local to mum/hospital (she's mid 80s, prone to falls and has a range of health problems) can wfh 3/4 days pw opportunities to do OT
cons: lower pay (by approx 2500 even taking into account lack of fares) would have to work 5 days pw (currently only 4) uncertain future (Local Govt)
Pros to staying with newish job (only one week in):
potentially more interesting/challenging better pay long term future assured (as much as it's Civil Service)
Cons: 1 1/2 hr commute each way 12/13 hr days occasional travel at short notice expectation to be 'on' the whole time.
I veer from one to the other and cannot decide. Would it be wrong to go back? The role is unlikely to come up again, but from a 'career' pov, it's a backward step. Theres a lot to be said for the local aspect though, esp with my DM and so on.
Going through something similar. Moved to a new job at a new company - hated it and was moved sideways to a more suited role to stop me from leaving. This role also isn’t ideal for me and I’ve reached my limit of trying to love it. Now looking elsewhere, including at my old company.
The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Would you have left your old job if the restructured hadn’t happened? Will there be opportunities to progress in the old company?
violetrose all I can say is is that I feel the new, new role has potential. This is simply based on the few days I was there and I need to be careful it's not just relief that I'm feeling, being away from hated job.
I'm also scared of losing the opportunity offered to me back at my old workplace, with some of the familiarilty that brings. But then I swing back to ' well you haven't given the new new job a chance' and so it goes on.
Probably not much in the way of progression, but that's not something I'm too fussed about, being of a certain age and all that...
Do you think that the problems with the new job will also exist in the new, new job? As they are in the same department, it could be reasonable to think that some aspects e.g culture, red tape, people issues, are the same.
If you think that these problems won’t still exist then if it were me, I would give it a chance. However I’m very much a “what if” person and I would constantly be wondering what could have been, if I left
I have to say, looking at both lists, the old job seems better than the new one. A 3 hour commute in public transportation, each day sounds really exhausting. 12/13 hour days does also not sound like fun. Basically you'd be living at work and only come home to sleep and maybe recover a little during the weekends, when you will likely be too tired and too busy with household chores to really enjoy those two free days.
Can you afford a pay-cut of 2500 pounds? That's an awful lot of money. Will you end up struggling financially, because that would definitely be a no for me. Otherwise I would seriously consider the job at your old employer, because it sounds a lot better.
The new job sees you away from home for 60 hours and the old one is what 45hours. In relation to your time are you getting somewhere in region of £3.50per hour more in new job? Around 60-70 hours a month for a little over £200 extra. If you need the money stay in new job. If not the take old job. These things always seem easy to an outsider looking in, I am sure there are numerous factors on play in your situation. O hope you are happy whatever path you choose.