After all, the time and effort the company has spent crushing your spirit would be wasted if you leave. Plus, your boss will know that creating another compliant zombie employee is way more work than just giving you the measly emollients required to keep you chained to your desk.
"More vacation? How about every other Feb. 29 off?"
Ignoring these basic truths, Wulfhart responds with a series of what ifs. So, should you confess your unhappiness? The decision is:
"Yes if: You Can Identify the Problem (and the Solution)."
Can you present your boss "with a realistic plan how you (and your boss) can make the changes that will make you happier at work?" If so, the decision is a yes.
Good decision, but if the realistic change you have in mind involves the boss experiencing a rush of self-realization, immediately resigning in shame and turning over their position -- and their paycheck -- to you, there may be another decision you should make first -- should I talk candidly to the boss or should I check myself in at the local laughing academy?
Conversely, the decision is a "No if: Your Boss Actually Can't Help You at All."
Your unhappiness could be the result of actions made by your boss's boss, or your boss's boss's boss. Maybe your entire industry is doomed. That's why I left my job at Spats-R-Us, giving up the dream of disintermediating the entire spat-buying process.
(Spare me your pity. I have a garage full of spats, insuring a major ka-ching moment for yours truly when wearing spats comes roaring back.)
It's a "Yes if: You've Got a Safety Net."
Sure, telling your boss you hate your job has its risks, but fortunately, you have a $30 million dollars in Bitcoins in a storage locker in Switzerland, so if you lose your job, you won't starve.
To which I would add, it's a "No if: Your $30 Million in Bitcoins is Currently Worth Two Bits." You may have to stay on the job for another couple of days until you're back in the black.
In the final analysis, the decision coach leaves the decision to you.
"Get a back-up plan in place," she concludes, "study your manager, and come up with realistic solutions to your problems before mentioning anything."
That's probably a good plan, but whatever you do, don't decide to go with the tuna.
Bob Goldman was an advertising executive at a Fortune 500 company, but he finally wised up and opened Bob Goldman Financial Planning in Sausalito, California. He now works out of Bellingham, Washington. He offers a virtual shoulder to cry on at email@example.com. To find out more about Bob Goldman, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.