Last week I blogged about one idea of what to do when you feel undervalued at work, and specifically by your boss. It was to spread the word about your good work yourself. I had promised though that I wanted to share one more idea on this topic.
This strategy is at first reflective. Ask yourself: What do I need to feel valued? Keep in mind that the answer to this question will differ greatly from person to person because different people are motivated by different things. Would you like more flexibility – in your work responsibilities, in your working hours, in where you work? Is it recognition you need – you just want others to acknowledge that you are making a significant contribution? If this is it, then do you thrive on public acknowledgement or private appreciation? Are you seeking more autonomy and decision-making authority? Or perhaps you’d just like more support or assistance, either on a temporary or permanent basis? Could it be that getting a bigger expense account or more vacation time would translate to you feeling less undervalued?
While your first step is reflective, your next step is active. Once you know what it is that will stop you from feeling undervalued, only then can you do something to actually get it. Continue reading