Like most of us, from time to time, you probably feel like you are not getting the credit you deserve. Employee appreciation is something that many employers do not spend enough time and effort on. It can be especially tough if you’re a newer employee, looking to please your boss and make a good impression. If you aren’t receiving positive feedback, it’s impossible to know what you’re doing right. There are many ways to fix these feelings of being undervalued, but you must consider your situation when addressing this problem.
Here are five ways you can start receiving more recognition at work –
1) Leverage your specific skills
Seek to help your boss more using specific skills that you have. Use your soft skills. Resolve conflicts, communicate with other departments, or help plan ahead for future events. Being in close communication with your boss builds trust. This can make you more of an asset to your boss specifically, as these skills will make you stand out against your colleagues. This could lead them to show more appreciation towards you in the future, and going to you first when they need help.
2) It’s all about networking
Network within your department and grow that network strength. Develop real relationships with your co-workers that go deeper than saying hello as you walk by their cube. These connections within your company will make you a part of the atmosphere, leading to more recognition for your contributions. Good team players and well-liked people always stand out in a more positive light than quiet individuals who keep to themselves. This can be difficult for introverts, but it’s worth stepping out of your comfort zone and building relationships in the workplace.
3) Take on more responsibilities
Offer to help out on projects you aren’t assigned to if you have time. See if there are some tasks your boss needs help with that you could easily do. Taking on extra work deserves extra recognition, and the more time and effort you’re putting in at the office is sure to get noticed by your boss. This is also a great chance to take part in other teams work and get to know more of your coworkers, since as we all know – it’s (almost) all about networking. Just make sure that the extra projects don’t keep you from fulfilling your primary responsibilities.
4) Keep track of your accomplishments throughout the year
This is essential for your annual review meeting. Having concrete proof of your contributions will make your boss reflect more on all the work that you have done for the company, seeing you in a better light. Although there is value in humility, during your annual review, you need to be your own spokesperson. Don’t be shy! Come with a prepared list and share your achievements with your boss. Be proud of what you’ve achieved, you worked hard for it.
5) Don’t take the lack of recognition too personally
If you are working hard and doing all the right things in the office but still aren’t getting a warm thank-you from your boss, it could just be them. Sometimes, people are ungrateful or blind to see the work that others do for them or for the benefit of the company. Conflicting personalities and working styles could be to blame if you and your boss don’t mesh well.
Recognition at work is important for an employee to feel valued, and if working harder doesn’t get you noticed, it may be time for a career change. Feeling valued in the workplace is an important and underrated aspect of the life/work balance. There are plenty of jobs and bosses that will appreciate your efforts and the skills you bring to the table. If you’ve been undervalued for too long at your current job, it might be time to consider moving on.
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