Have you ever been in a position where you need to move location in order to remain employed by a company? I’ve never faced the situation before, but it’s something that looks like it might be in my future.


The company that I work for has recently been notified that they may have to move location. Now normally I wouldn’t really care as moves are normally in a similar location, however, in this instance it has been suggested that the move would be 1000km (call it 620 miles) away from where we are today.

This would either be a serious commute (not happening), or my family and I make a decision as to if we move with the company to this ruralish location, or I look for other employment opportunities locally.

My wife and I have only just started discussing the options, and nothing is set in stone at the moment, but we want to have a plan in place should this outcome be thrust onto us.

On one side, if I moved I would continue to have employment at a good wage with a company I have been with for over a decade. Plus, there would be almost no traffic congestion for me to deal with!

On the other side, if I leave the company, there is a decent chance that I will get a voluntary redundancy payment, which would be worth about 1.5 years of wages for me. I would like to think I could find another job in 1.5 years, but whether I could find one so close to home and at the same level of pay may be a problem. If I decided to work in the city it would be fairly easy, however, I like being able to get home and spend time with my family and also still have time to work on my online businesses. Working in the city would seriously cramp that ability.

So I am left wondering what the best outcome for me and my family would be. A move might be nice, but it would be a shame to have to sell our brand new house that we are building without having really lived in it.

I recently read the book “Who moved my cheese”, those of you who have read it will probably appreciate that I am quite happy with my existing cheese pile, but am aware that my cheese isn’t going to last forever. I now have to work out what my next move is – stupid forks in the road.