Steve : What’s the problem, Alberta?
Alberta : Nothing major. Well, actually … Don’t you dare tell anyone, but I’m thinking of leaving.
Steve: You? Quitting? Why?
Alberta: My job is quite dull and the manager doesn’t seem to realise I’m bored.
Steve: Have you told him?
Alberta: Indirectly. I’ve dropped lots of hints.
Steve: Yes, but there’s a lot to be 1 said for being upfront. You need to tell him directly.
Alberta: He won’t listen.
Steve: It might even be in your 2 to go above him and talk to his manager? It’s 3 time you sorted this problem out.
Alberta: I don’t think I could do that, Steve. That’s not really my style. I just need a new challenge and I don’t think I’m going to get it here and that’s that.
Steve: Don’t 4 so defensive about it. Why don’t you speak to HR?
Alberta: There’s no point.
Steve: I disagree. You might 5 to try this. Have you thought about the 6 of asking for a secondment or even a sabbatical?
Alberta: A sabbatical? That’s not a bad idea. OK, I’ll give it some thought.