Hi fellow Elphas,
I need your advice! (It's a long one)
I have been working in my company for just over 2 years (through the pandemic). For this role I relocated to a new country with my family and then the pandemic hit. This coupled with a lack of understanding of our role in the business and poor leadership has meant someone like me with specialism has worked herself to burnout.
After a lot of thinking and other factors including the need for family support, wanting to grow our family in the future, my husbands career progression and the decision myself to potentially make a career change we decided as a family it's time to return home and reset. So with no new job lined up I handed in my notice.
My line manager cried ☹️ she then said some great things about me and the amazing value and change I have brought, but with a heavy heart she accepts my resignation. That I should keep it to myself for now as she wants to break the news to our group lead.
The next thing I know, I have a meeting in with our lead.
She shares her heartbreak at my news, that I am one of the strongest hires she has and she will move mountains to keep me. "is there is anything at all I can do to change your mind?
The ideas included the potential to return home for good and change to a new contract, go part time what do I want she will fight for it?
She has given me 2 days to think about it and return with my wants so she can discuss this with HR.
I was always expecting an offer but not this, I thought they would offer more money which I planned to refuse.
I have decided that this could benefit me and as I was returning home with no job security this could be worth my while.
So I will be returning back with an offer my aim is to try and get them to give me the experience I need for my potential switch. That means splitting my time between two functions of the business. Perhaps a 4 day contract (2days each function, no change in salary)
What is too much to ask for and could scare them away? What other benefits could I consider adding to a new contract?
I've gone round in circles and keep doubting myself as I don't want to undercut myself however also don't want to seem crazy!
How would you play this?