There are those low feelings we may feel at work. The feeling of being unappreciated, not feeling valued or just being overlooked at work. There is a song I have always liked – unappreciated by cherish, the American R&B, soul, and hip hop quartet consisting of sisters.
I can decide to write out the lyrics because it was really one of my favorites back in the days, lol but I wouldn’t. Forgive me, we should probably discuss on our favorite songs soon and how we can apply those songs to our work-life right? I wouldn’t be surprised if I discovered that you like the lyrics as well.
Anyways, while that may have been a song directed to a partner that seldom showed affection, you may as well envision your employer as your partner in this case! One will believe that you are in a relationship with your place of work, at least to an extent considering the fact that when you love your job you subconsciously make it a part of your routine. Once you begin to feel undermined or undervalued at work it will eventually take a toll on your behavior and well-being in the long run.
It is imperative that you note that feeling valued can also determine your self-development and motivation on your job. However, it is also your duty to feel valued. It is your duty to appreciate your work. I consider it to be a trick to the mind. Although it is your duty, I intend to also give ways that can help you get valued by your employer.
One of the reasons why people tend to complain and generally fail to stay positive is also because they feel less valued at work.
Some of the reasons why you may feel undervalued are;
- You regularly get interrupted at meetings.
- No one notices your input
- You feel that you are not paid enough
- You do not feel challenged
…the list goes on.
Here are 8 ways to get your employer to value you at work.
Don’t Expect Anything
Most times workers tend to put in their best with an expectation in mind. The moment you begin to do that, you are already failing to do your work wholeheartedly and putting yourself under unnecessary pressure. It is important for you to change how you view things. Look at it this way, “I will work and do my job perfectly because I will gain more experience from this, learn new things and improve my career. However, even when I benefit from doing this job, I will also have helped my organization achieve its goal.”
As long as that sentence may appear, it seems to be what to keep telling yourself while completing your tasks. Avoid expecting something in return for getting your job done.
If you are new to your industry and have little experience in your field then you may need to consider reading and widening your horizon. Let your co-workers and employer feel your enthusiasm. Also, try to network, attend conferences and seminars related to your career, take new courses, find a mentor if you can and learn new things. Do whatever you can to gain valuable experience while taking your job seriously as well. As you go on apply these new things you have learned in your work-life and discuss it with your boss.
Request for Tasks/ Assignments
It could very well be that there is little or nothing for you to do and because of this, there isn’t the need for your employer to value you. So what do you do in this scenario? Meet up with your employer and ask for a task. Sometimes, the workplace may get so busy and depending on how the organization is structured, a person may be omitted from being allotted tasks. Remind your employer/ manager of your worth by requesting for tasks. Volunteer where necessary. This will put you in the light as someone that is really interested in making an input and it will in turn earn you that value you desire.
Be a Helper
You should also understand that you are an employee/colleague and you are expected to get your tasks done as well. You are to make input within your organization, only then will you be recognized once you can clearly make a contribution to your team.
So, depending on how your organization is structured, render assistance to your team/ employer and be someone they can rely on. Ensure that you meet up with deadlines and time lags. As you continue with this, you will become valued over time. Ensure that you are not just playing eye service.
This may very well come in handy during a performance appraisal. Discuss with your Manager/ boss what works best for you and challenges you are facing. Ensure that you both reach a consensus and communicate in a polite way, ensuring that the message is properly relayed. All you need to do in this case is explain how you feel. It is better than eating up yourself with thoughts of feeling less valued.
You can either take action, or you can hang back and hope for a miracle. Miracles are great, but they are so unpredictable. – Peter F. Drucker
You may also form a support system with other colleagues. Please note that this doesn’t mean that you should sit, gossip and engage in idle talk. Rather, when you have indeed completed a task efficiently, you may want to encourage each other. Preferably, the best way to go about this is to team up with a colleague and remind each other of what has worked well as you carry on your duties. This will help lighten your mood, remind you of what needs improvement and constantly motivate you. Who knows, your colleague may pop this up with your employer!
Become a Change Agent
Be the change you want to see in the world! Your employer may never have realized that he/ she has failed to value your efforts. Don’t you think you should do to them, what you expect from them? Show how much you value other’s efforts and it will, in turn, come to you after a while. Become an acting example and if possible use “we”.
For instance, you can say- “Great job! I am glad we did well.”
This will come up after work hours. It could be that your employer/ manager has been caught up with work and failed to make you feel valued. Hang out after work with the decision makers where you can. Play basketball after work or go get pizza! People tend to be more relaxed after work knowing fully well that they are done with their task for the day. This may be an opportunity to better understand them. More so, if you can hang out with other employees that will be good as well. Mix up! It will also help improve your team spirit.
Don’t turn your need to feel valued into an obsession or craving. Consider what is expected of you for self-development at all times.
How do you feel valued at work? What other suggestions do you have? I will be glad to know. Please feel free to make suggestions in the comment section below.
All the best!
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