My dh and I would like to move our family quite a ways away from where we are. His company has about a million branches where we want to go and he loves his company, so he'd like to transfer. Unfortunately, his boss is a complete jerk. Dh knows that if he goes to his boss and asks for a transfer, it'll be less than 6 months before he's let go from his current position even if the transfer didn't go through. (A bit of background: dh's company operates in regions and he would be transferring out of his boss' region. Dh feels that boss man would be insulted b/c most people, especially managers, which my dh is, stay at their offices for 15 years +.)
Is there a "proper" way to go above boss man's head to make something like this happen? We have no idea the level of communication between regional managers, so no way to know if it would get back if we went directly to the new region's manager. The only person above the regional managers is the CEO, I believe. Right now, dh's plan is for me to find a job there and then go to the boss, sheepishly, and say "We're so sorry, Mandy has accepted a position in Washington and we have to move." And that's a fine plan I guess, but it just means it'll be about a year before we go if I can get a job (I'm a teacher and it is really too late to get a teaching job).