The industry I work in is extremely small and hard to find replacement workers, which makes me very valuable to my boss especially because I am such a hard worker. We operate with two servicemen (including myself) two receptionists (one of whome is being let go next year and the other who is having their shifts decreased) and my boss.
In recent years, the lack of staff has made it difficult to get through the work load. However in the last 6months, I feel the boss has made some poor choices and the business has struggled to stay afloat. Making me uneasy about my job security.
That aside I work harder than anyone else in my workplace, I feel that I am worth more respect and money. I am over being questioned about my work when I was only following the bosses orders to begin with. I am sick and tired of the other service man always getting away with his poor performance, poor work ethic and attitude.
My boss seems to be lacking in addressing the issues affecting our company, even when I try to make suggestions or give advice they go unheard. Ultimately I love my work but I am unhappy in my current job. My boss would really struggle without me but he has been good to me in the past and I feel obligated to be loyal to my boss and stay.
****Plot twist**** Another company has been trying to poach me for the last 6 months, to which I have declined several times. The new company would be happy to start me working straight away if I said yes. The reasons I have not taken the new job is because of my loyalty to my current boss, my hope that conditions will improve (even though that seems doubtful right now) and the fact that the new job may take me away from my family a bit more.
If I took the new job there would be no way of hiding it from my current boss as I would still work in the same facilities. I feel that I should be honest with my boss but I guess I am also hopeful that maybe my boss would take me more seriously and maybe would offer improving my current work conditions if he knew that he may loose me otherwise.
Could telling my current boss that I am being headhunted benefit me in anyway? I am still in debate about weather I should put up with being unhappy or I should risk it all for a new job. But if conditions do not improve I cannot see myself in my current job for much longer.