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BLUF: My wife's employer has changed her work location & pay structure since she started working for them 3 weeks ago.  She has asked me how to respond, if at all.

Background:  8 weeks ago, my wife accepted a position in the healthcare industry providing therapy services to 5 locations as a salaried employee.  She was told that she would have the ability to set her own schedule.  She was given permission to start and finish her day at the 2 facilities that are within 20 minutes of our house.

There was a 6 week delay in her acceptance and the day she started work. 

During the first week at her new job, she received no 'on-boarding', had 2 additional facilities added to her area, received 2 negative phone calls that she wasn't "being productive enough", and was told that she had to start with the local facilities in the AM and then move on to the more remote facilities in the afternoon.  Finally, she was told to perform treatment and bill for therapy that was not needed for a patient.

By coincidence, she met a hiring manager for a company that specializes in pediatric therapy, her passion, at a neighborhood party, the day after she started her job.  Within a week, she'd received an offer.  After 2 weeks at her current position, she decided to resign from her current job in order to pursue the pediatric opportunity.  Over the 4th of July weekend, within 72hrs of submitting her resignation, she noticed that her pay schedule had changed from salaried to hourly.  In her field, it is customary to submit a 30 day resignation.

Should we just deal with the "challenges" until her last day or should we fight the changes to work location and pay structure? 

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Sounds like it wasn't a good fit for either side.  However, I would be surprised if the employer will have your wife finish the 30 days.

The work-location is a non-issue, deal with it for the remaining time.

The pay-structure question is better addressed by an HR professional, but I don't see where it makes a difference.  I'm assuming your wife isn't expecting to be paid for a full year's worth of unused sick/vacation after working such a short time.  I'm also assuming you are in the US, other country's HR laws vary widely.

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All that being said, I think your wife's "challenges" with her current job are suspect. The reasons (lack of on-boarding, negative feedback, facility changes, etc) aren't a big deal. If she feels strongly enough that unnecessary treatment on a patient was performed, there are ways to report the fraud. To me, they look like excuses to justify her leaving a job after 2 weeks for a hopefully better one.

What's done is done. Have her listen to the resignation casts, then talk to her manager (Does she have one???) and work through the best way to handle the remaining time.