Q: My boss thinks I’m incompetent. But I’ve already improved my performance in a short period of time. I believe he’ll do everything to force me out of a job. It’s hard for me to look for another job because of my high pay package. What do you think?

– Lucy

A: There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate domestic helper than a tenth-rate executive. If you can’t turn your situation around, then it’s best to cut, and to cut cleanly.

Seek out a replacement job soon, and don’t mind the pay. What is important is keeping your integrity intact. But before you leave, negotiate for a separation package that will help you while you’re between jobs. Try to get an impressive package and a written statement about your work accomplishment, if not a recommendation.

If you want to fight back, you will need the best labor lawyer you can find. This way, you can wangle a little more from your boss, who may do anything to sever the employment relationship.

R.A.H. Elbo is the managing advisor of Kairos Management Technologies and acting president of Kaizen Institute of the Philippines, both consulting and training companies.