Dear Evil HR Lady,
I have held the same job as a secretary at a large public high school since 1999. My current director is very nice, but she is a weak leader. She cannot make the simplest of decisions, and she relies on everyone else (mostly me) to get HER job done. She doesn’t know how to do anything herself, and she has no idea on how to do my job at all. Nobody in my department respects her, largely because she literally runs around in circles all day, and only concerns herself with trivial matters. This director seems to take up space and does not contribute much to her department or high school.
Her staff takes advantage of her lack of leadership, and they do whatever they want; hardly ever carrying out the full responsibilities of their jobs. Attendance is poor in my department, nobody takes anything seriously, and their attitude is: “Because our director is so unaccountable, why should we be?” I have had to turn a blind eye to much of what DOES NOT happen within my department.
I know that my principal is aware of the problems that exist in my department, however, I have not noticed anything being done about it. I have been unhappy for a few years in my current job because of the low morale, and attitude of my co-workers. It seems that the staff in my department come to work to take up space and do the bare minimum to qualify as doing their jobs, then they are out of there… as fast as possible. They tend to “avoid” any type of work challenge that requires their efforts and attention; they basically do the bare minimum of their jobs.
I have an opportunity for a new position at a very prestigious school. The new job sounds interesting and with better pay than my current job, and my potential new boss seems very supportive and nice. However, I am very nervous about leaving my job after 15 years. Even though my work situation within my department has a lot of problems, the people, although irresponsible and undependable are nice, and I am very comfortable there. I like my daily routine that I am very used to, and I comfortable with it. I am nervous about taking this new job, and I am afraid of it turning out to be a big mistake. Just thinking about starting-over at a new place of employment makes my head pound. I am very nervous about it. On paper, it looks to me that I should leave my current job for this new offer. However, emotionally, I am very apprehensive.
Why isn’t this decision crystal clear for me? I have never had such a hard time making a decision like this before.
What do you think I should do?
To read the answer, click here: Should I quit my job of 15 years?