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Bacolod City, PhilippinesWednesday, July 17, 2013

Should I resign?

Dear Tita,

I have been working at my first job for the past six months and I am now trying to make up my mind if I should quit or stay.

The reason why I have this problem is Miss M, our lady supervisor. She is in her late 30s and is still single. She is such a mean woman, always shouting at us and always finding fault with our work. She doesn’t care if there are other people around when she goes into a rage and shouts at her subordinates. I have asked my co-workers why she is so mean and they tell me that she hates to be an old maid. There was a man in her life years ago but he left her because of her controlling ways. Since that time, she has been constantly in a bad mood.

One time, my boyfriend Carlo came to fetch me after work to take me to the movies. We were laughing over something when Miss M came out of her office and caught us laughing. She suddenly said in a loud voice, “What are you laughing at? Don’t you know this is an office?!” Then she slammed the door going back to her room. I was so embarrassed because Carlo witnessed the whole thing. The next day, Miss M told me sternly not to entertain my boyfriend during office hours. I tried to explain that he just came to fetch me, but she wouldn’t listen. She treated me like dirt for the next few days, always complaining about my work.

I have been thinking of resigning but I know how difficult it is to find another job and I have to help my parents send my younger siblings to school. I don’t think I can stand my supervisor’s attitude much longer. What should I do?


Dear Working Girl,

Don’t resign. But do keep your eyes open for other job opportunities. Ask around for openings in other offices. Make friends with other employees in other companies. They can help you should an opportunity present itself.

Try to improve your working skills while waiting for another job. This is the reality, my dear girl. You will always meet different kinds of bosses in your career. Some are nice, while others are not. The thing to do is make the best of your situation until you can find a better job. In the workplace jungle, it is, “Survival of the fittest!”



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