If there is nothing his manager can do about the aspects of your DHs job that he would like changed, is it not better that she/he is honest about that rather than stringing him along pretending to be doing something while actually not?
Just a thought, and obviously I don't know what the problems are or whether they could in fact be addressed.
I kind of agree. I had a member of staff who was clearly unhappy in her job, but that was the job and there was nothing I could do about it. She wanted more responsibility and to take on extra tasks but unfortunately at that time there was no room for movement.
I made it clear that the job was what it was but I was happy for her to have time off for interviews etc if she wanted to move on.
I think its different if he's miserable about aspects of the job that can be changed though and they're doing nothing about it!