I’m in a management role at a mid-sized company and hate it. My first three years at the company I held a “project manager” role, which I really enjoyed. Nearly two years ago I was promoted to the head of the project management department, managing 24 PMs. I'm miserable and want to go back to my prior role rather than being their boss. My reasons include:
I simply don't like managing people. It doesn't come naturally to me since I'm an introvert. I find it stressful and draining. I dread going to work every day, whereas I really enjoyed the project management work.
I'm pregnant with my first child and just moved across the country (for my husband's job) to a state where I know nobody. I have a lot on my plate and am incredibly stressed out as is. I don’t want the added management responsibility, whereas I could do the project manager role in my sleep...
FWIW, I broached the topic with my boss a few weeks ago, framing it as I want to have more time to be a mom. He said "I need you" and no one else could do the job (not true). He offered to get me more help, said I could work 8 hour days, whatever time zone is best for me yada yada. I wasn't expecting this response, so I didn't hold my ground.
Since then, I've only gotten more miserable. I want to bring it up to my boss again but am not sure the right approach or what "reasons" to give any guidance would be much appreciated!! For what it's worth, I'm willing to take a pay cut.