DEAR HARRIETTE: I don't know if I'm going in the right direction. I hate my job, but it pays the bills. It also allows me to live comfortably. I want a job that I love that allows me to live this way.
My boss is mean and insensitive to anyone else's issues or needs. He wants things done when and how he says to do them. The opinionated don't last long here, and it's time for me to leave, but I can't. I still have bills to pay and goals to meet. I just can't take his attitudes and negative energy anymore.
Should I leave? Or should I just stick it out and wait for the right time? I know it's not the smartest thing to do so suddenly, but I've reached my limit. I want a boss who is understanding and treats his or her workers as equals. In the meantime, I deserve a boss who's respectful and positive. -- Respect Trumps Money, Newark, New Jersey
DEAR RESPECT TRUMPS MONEY: Take a deep breath, and make a plan. Start looking for another job -- and do not quit until you find one. Remain positive and friendly. Follow your boss's directions, and remember that you work for him. You may not like his ways, but he is the boss. Always speak to your boss professionally, and make sure you have outside activities to balance your day. You cannot change him, but with patience and time, you can change your job.