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Agony Aunt helps you to deal with workplace problems

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Career confusions

I am 45 years old and for the last 10 years, I have been working in the same company where I am a CEO. While the job has a position of power attached to it, at this stage in my life, I do not enjoy what I do, and I want to change my career line. For this reason, I applied to another company which accepted my offer. The job does not entail a high-power position or pay me a high salary, but it is creative in nature. I have a family of 4 and I don’t know whether or not I should accept the new offer because it will reduce our monthly income at home, but I am unhappy in my current job and I really need a change. What do I do?

Ans: You will be able to provide your family with money and happiness if you are in a place which gives you less stress and more contentment. if the current job is merely taking care of the financial goals, it may not be enough or fair towards the family. The new job could give you enough time to allot for self, family and also do certain things that you love doing. The creative nature of the job will keep you on your toes so that monotony doesn’t set in and this will also help in feeling less apprehensive about leaving the other job. when you have the priorities right, other things fall in place.


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Teacher’s turmoil

I am 28 years old and I have recently become a teacher and started teaching at a high school. I am passionate about my job, I work hard and I make sure that I am always prepared for class. However, the students in my class mock me and take me for granted. They ask me “smart” questions, just so that I prove my knowledge to them and I am aware that these students also make fun of me behind my back. Because of this negativity, I haven’t been able to focus in classes anymore. What do I do? 

Ans: Working with high school students could be tricky if you see them more as students and less as developing adult. Kids today want to be considered as mature beyond years and their age. An important thing to keep in mind is that they are trying to test your patience and the more you let it aggravate you the more it becomes a fun game for them. You can start your class with ice breakers so that both you and them could be comfortable in each other’s company. Being strict towards their immature behaviour might only further lead to a rift rather than resolving anything.

Bad health affecting work

I used to love working long hours but lately, I have been facing health issues and unable to stretch beyond a point. My boss has always seen me working extra hours and not leave till late night. Past few weeks due to my health, I have been leaving work early but my boss is having issues with it. I fear I will get fired if this continues. What to do?

Ans: There is a genuine reason that you have to leave work early and the same understanding should be brought about with your boss as well. You can apply for concession in work hours or request for work from home for few days till your health gets better. Your boss might understand it better if it comes from you rather than someone else filling him in. Schedule a talk with him soon so as to clear the air.

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Fight and fall out

I had an argument with my team member recently and we have a project due in one month and the progress of this project has been stunted due to this. We also have an upcoming promotion and I do not want that to be jeopardized so how do I work around this?

Ans: Try to have a mature discussion with your colleague to understand his perspective and talk your issues through. Try to listen and not be defensive and look at the bigger picture of your deadline and promotion. The smaller issues at work may deter you to not focus on the goal that you have been working so hard for. Resolving the issues will not make you look as if you are accepting your fault rather it would reflect your humble nature and dedication towards working things through.