Q.2 Ten years ago a wonderful boss hired me. He appreciated my skills and my personality and I couldn't wait to go to work every day because it was such a happy, well-run place. He retired three years ago and the office turned into a nuthouse. The woman who replaced him encouraged several people to quit, then brought in her friends to replace them. She runs the office like a club with secrets and private parties after work that we all know about. She plays favorites and I am not one. I do good work, and she knows that, but I'm having nightmares about what goes on in this place because I feel disrespected, disliked and unhappy. I'm not well paid and I have to cover the cost of my own group insurance that I need. Yesterday I learned the insurance cost is rising again and I really can't afford it anymore. Do I look for another job? They are so hard to find now.
Ans. You should have left two years ago when you first realized you were underpaid and under-appreciated. Even though you need insurance, that need should not still serve as golden handcuffs. It should be easier to find a low-paying job doing even menial work that will include some health insurance. You'll do more harm to your health if you stay.