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|What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by Danurugwo: 7:07am On Jan 08|
In the months leading up to leaving my last job, I felt overloaded, burdened and resentful. I was producing what I thought was quality work even while my plate was so full it had started to crack.
I thought I deserved a parade in my honor for my efforts, but instead it felt like my boss would be better off without me. We know how this story ends, but I now know that instead of wallowing in my feelings of being unrecognized, I should have taken action to get the recognition I needed.
Before getting to the solution, let’s examine the problem. It turns out I’m not the only one whose confidence and joy have been hijacked by a lack of appreciation.
The Workforce Institute at Kronos recently conducted a survey entitled "Do You Feel Appreciated at Work?" The online survey polled 2,030 adults in the U.S. Nearly half (47 percent) of the participants said they either don’t feel appreciated or feel only somewhat appreciated at work.
In fact, when asked what makes them unhappy at work, participants listed a lack of appreciation much more than criticism (26 percent), heavy workload (25 percent), poor work-life balance (23 percent), and someone taking credit for the work they did (22 percent).
Now we know that nearly half of the American workforce feels unappreciated, but what can we do about it?
Changing the work culture of an entire country is impossible, but here are a few ways you can take action to improve your daily work environment.
Nail down your definition of appreciation
Take some time to figure out what you need to feel appreciated. We all have unique needs, and what makes one employee feel satisfied might be completely different from another. Do you need more direction from your boss? Do you need a better work-life balance? Do you simply need a “thank you” from time to time?
Schedule a meeting with your boss
Give your boss regular updates about what you're working on and demonstrate that you are a crucial part of the team. After all, you are the only one who really knows what you do all day. If you feel overwhelmed, ask for advice about managing your workload or ask if you can shed a few tasks. This is also a good opportunity to share what you need to feel appreciated.
Take care of yourself
Try taking walks at lunch to clear your mind and relax. Talk to someone about how you are feeling and ask for advice. Eat healthy foods, drink plenty of water, and be sure to get enough sleep at night to recharge your energy levels. Feeling unhealthy will seriously impact your attitude at work.
When someone does something kind for you, say thanks. If a coworker, or boss—they need encouragement too—does a great job at completing a task, tell them. If you show appreciation for others, they'll be more likely to return the favor. Gratitude is a two-way street.
If we grasp that feeling valued is a deep human need, we can better understand the part we play in how we're recognized at work. If you aren't feeling recognized, don't walk storm around, grumpy and irritable. Take action and receive what you deserve.
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|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:14am On Jan 08|
Before you take any action, ask yourself whether you’re being realistic about the amount of appreciation “you expect from your boss, colleagues, peers. People are very busy. The feedback might not be as much as you want, but it might be reasonable within the context of your organization.
Talk to your boss
If your above-par efforts are going unsung, engage your boss in a conversation. Granted, this will be easier with some managers than others. .
Increase your team’s visibility
If you manage a team, you also need to look for ways to explain to others what the group does and why it’s valuable.
Recognize others’ contributions
One surefire to get your own work noticed is, “paradoxically,” to “praise and appreciate others. By being the person who notices a job well done, you can be the agent of change” in your organization’s culture’
While being appreciated and valued for your work is a wonderful thing, you can’t expect all your motivation to come from honors, accolades, and public gratitude.
Consider moving on
If you continue to feel undervalued and unappreciated by your company, it might be a sign that it’s not the right place for you.
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|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by domino4211(m): 7:16am On Jan 08|
So we should fry cement? .
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by helinues: 7:16am On Jan 08|
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by Feranchek(m): 7:17am On Jan 08|
Op, you've actually succeeded in saying NOTHING!
Know your job. Do your job. Take your salary and make the best use of it. Have your eyes and ears outside. List different kinda lies if interviews fall on your shift days. Attend interviews as they come. And when THE better job comes and you're sure it's actually BETTER, then leave them without giving them a clue you're leaving.
And if HR calls for an interview to know why you're leaving, gen gen!!!! Finish him!!! (in mortal combat's voice)
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|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by AntiWailer: 7:18am On Jan 08|
Do your work and forget any accolade.
It will come naturally.
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by 5thElement(m): 7:19am On Jan 08|
You can quit.
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by lilmax(m): 7:21am On Jan 08|
outside Nigeria? quit
inside Nigeria? find another job before you quit
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by Barbieperry(f): 7:22am On Jan 08|
You make yourself Valued
Proof it to dem
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by OboOlora(f): 7:22am On Jan 08|
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by lilmax(m): 7:23am On Jan 08|
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by zolajpower: 7:24am On Jan 08|
All this right ups can't work wen u work among the benin people ......they are full of hate . So don't think this will work in every society u find ur self .
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by Barbieperry(f): 7:26am On Jan 08|
U correct,if ders any mistake
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by Iyajelili(f): 7:45am On Jan 08|
Are you working so you can be appreciated or to gain experience and feed yourself?
Do your job until a better offer comes
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by nograv: 8:35am On Jan 08|
You can get a new Job
Or even better start your own company...
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by mach7(m): 8:40am On Jan 08|
If you feel undervalued at work, then it is means that you are either putting in a lot of effort and getting little or no reward OR you are feeling jealous of the progress and recognition accorded to others.
My take is that you should either talk to your HR and explain your feelings in this regard (if the organizations allows for this) OR you should seek for another job.
This is because feeling 'undervalued' shows that you will not be motivated to do your tasks and if you are not doing your tasks, then the company will not see you as someone to be valued.............and the vicious cycle continues.
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|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by PrecisionFx(m): 8:49am On Jan 08|
Thank me Later.
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by creolehunt: 8:57am On Jan 08|
MANNABBQGRILLS:The post is referring to those who have real jobs, not lowlifes who will sell their conscience and brethren on the altar of 30k
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by MANNABBQGRILLS: 9:00am On Jan 08|
creolehunt:May it never be well with any brethren who support criminal and corrupt souls who raped and looted the treasury of our nation.
Fire burn them all.
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|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by Excaperx: 9:24am On Jan 08|
zolajpower:your hate for anything Edo or Benin related will certainly be your downfall. I see you committing suicide in the nearest future.
You hate the state and the tribe but you are living there and make your money there, spit.
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by arrestdarrester: 9:27am On Jan 08|
Op, I wanted to comment on your writeup when I saw this your post.
Please in your prayer add those who have refused to see that the murder of that same treasury is going on right now.
How I wish the brethren who have been killed in order for cows to live can see this your post.
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by ksbusari(m): 10:06am On Jan 08|
OP is very right. let me add mine. I get appreciated worldly and financially by doing these.
I work in a place where division of labour is valued so much. I'm so used to finish g my task on time bt with little or no appreciation. I sometimes work extra time bt with no appreciation.My Boss started appreciating me when I deliberately spend more time on a certain task than before. I deliberately started taking my time on my tasks. I do go to office in the weekend to prepare assignments for Monday (that stopped) I will wait for everybody to come on Monday before I start anything. when I'm been asked by my boss to come during weekends I always promised to come like 2 hours behind schedule since it's weekend.
right now my speciality in my tasks makes them makes them to beg me for timely delivery of assignments. ( not really that indispensable bt they knw it will take new employees time to adapt) so I av no fear of being sacked..
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by zolajpower: 10:26am On Jan 08|
Excaperx:Who's dis cultist ooo? I beg go and take sniper and die .........see blood letting vampire. I beg get out of my mention jare. Oloriburuku omo ale jatijati . Useless generation . Curse and evil betowed thee.
You just dey zuoh anyhow for Nairaland.
Am I not saying the truth ? Or is that not the reason why throughout the whole of South south, Edo state is the only state dat doesn't have ShopRite and cinemas ?
Just of recent a special bread called fantazia from Delta state was bound from being sold in Benin ,due to jealousy from other bread producers .
How do you grow should be your concern not what someone has critizied u for .
Night life in ur state poor , due to robbery and cultism . The only area aside club in Benin day stay till morning is iyaro.
You child of evil u will be the to die of suicide oo the worst is yet to visit u and ur family just watch . Your papa will commit suicide for your mother's infidelity on him as is the practice in ur state . Landlady every where .
Im ready for you today omo ale
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by Alaniyiokorausa(m): 10:29am On Jan 08|
Barbieperry:dont mind him, the message is clear like plasma television .
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by jetson06: 11:12am On Jan 08|
Simple! Drink Sniper and die if you feel under valued at your job.
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by Mofpearl: 1:17pm On Jan 08|
I quit. Then I ran back when I realized I needed the money . The difference this time is that I had an honest conversation with my boss.
|Re: What You Can Do If You Feel Undervalued At Work by GetCofOProperty: 2:28pm On Jan 08|
Thanks for this enlightenment.... Very useful.
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