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Why Your Boss Doesn't Recognise Your Efforts At Work And What You Should Do by mrinfo(m): 4:39pm On Nov 16, 2012
We all like to get recognized for a job well done—recognition, and sometimes reward, helps us stay motivated and also instills within us a sense of pride and accomplishment. On the other hand, when we put in a lot of effort or complete a job or project and receive little or no recognition for it, the results can be decidedly negative. Sometimes, fault lies with management, who is either too busy or too unconcerned to notice your efforts and hard work. But other times, the fault may actually lie with you—there are several reasons why you may not be receiving the recognition you deserve. Do any of these apply to you?

1. Does Anyone Actually Know What You’re Working On?

If you work in a large office, it may be difficult for management to attribute any specific accomplishments directly to you, as there are likely myriad projects and tasks going on, in addition to the dozens of other action items your boss handles on a daily basis. Even in small offices, your work may go unnoticed if your name isn’t attached to it.

To remedy this, you might consider sending your boss an email to let him know when a particular project has been completed, or even just to let him know that you’ve enjoyed being a part of a particular project. Submitting a weekly or monthly report is also a possibility, showing that you are well organized as well as hard working. The overall objective is to instill more recognition and connection between you and the work you’ve achieved, so that credit will be given where credit is due.

2. Are You a Team Player?

Working well with others is a key attribute that many employers look for. But just because you are working with a team doesn’t mean you can’t still receive proper recognition. By being a good team player, your coworkers will recognize the hard work you’ve done, and will be more inclined to bolster your reputation. But keep in mind, you should also treat others with the same respect—if someone else is deserving of recognition, don’t hesitate to offer your acknowledgement of their performance.

3. Be More Than Just a Name

In large companies, management may not even be aware of all the employees that work beneath them, and oftentimes only see a name on a company roster, with little more to make you stand out from the rest of the department. To remedy this, find ways to get up close and personal with management. You don’t necessarily have to take your boss out to dinner, but introducing yourself at company events, stopping into their office once in a while to say hello, or finding other ways to converse with your boss are all surefire ways to make sure your boss has a face to go with the name.


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