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10 Things To Do When You Feel Undervalued At Work

By Caroline Castrillon | Forbes Magazine | July 9, 2023

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If you’re thinking of changing jobs because you feel undervalued at work, you’re not alone. You can consider the following to increase the possibility that your work will be valued.

  1. Consider your expectations.  While you may feel undervalued at work, consider whether your expectations are realistic. Has it been a hectic period in the office? If that’s the case, it’s not unusual for even the best managers to overlook what you do. Ask yourself whether your efforts went above and beyond what your peers are doing. You may even ask a trusted colleague or mentor for their opinion as a litmus test.
  2. Validate yourself.  While feeling valued is great, you can’t expect your motivation to always come from external sources. Effective self-motivation is one of the things that sets high achievers apart from other employees. So, try to reflect on your wins, even the small ones. Consider rewarding yourself.
  3. Document your accomplishments.  It’s easy to blame the organization for not appreciating your contributions. But it’s just as important to assume the responsibility for tracking your accomplishments. That way, you’ll be prepared when it’s time to discuss a raise or promotion. It will also make it easier to update your résumé if you decide to look for a new role.
  4. Talk to your boss.  If your accomplishments continue to go unrecognized, schedule a conversation with your manager. Let them know that you’d like more feedback moving forward. Also, come prepared with a list of your most recent achievements. 
  5. Appreciate others.  Another way to get your work noticed is to recognize your co-worker’s contributions. Even a simple thank-you note can go a long way. When taking actions like these, you create a culture of appreciation.
  6. Focus on your strengths.  To maximize your contributions at work, cultivate your natural skills and talents. Don’t compare yourself to others; recognize that you can’t be an expert at everything. 
  7. Become more visible.  Start asking for high-profile assignments that greatly impact your organization’s bottom line. Speak up more in meetings and volunteer to represent your team at cross-functional events or conferences. And don’t forget to grow your network. 
  8. Find meaning in your work.  There’s a reason why you accepted the job in the first place. Maybe you’re passionate about the industry or the fact that your top-selling product is revolutionizing the market. Employees are more satisfied when they find meaning in their work. By feeling connected to a sense of purpose, you’ll experience higher productivity, engagement, and motivation levels.
  9. Reframe negative thoughts
  10. Consider other roles

2 key takeaways from the article

  1. If you’re thinking of changing jobs because you feel undervalued at work, you’re not alone.  The statistics suggest employers aren’t doing enough to show how much they appreciate their teams. Yet, employee appreciation efforts have countless benefits e..g, when employees believe they will be recognized, they are 2.7x more likely to be highly engaged. 
  2. You can consider the following to increase the possibility that your work will be valued: consider your expectations, validate your wins by yourself, document your accomplishments, seek feedback from your boss on moving,  forward, appreciate others, focus on your strengths, Become more visible, Find meaning in your work, Reframe negative thoughts, and consider other roles.

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Topics:  Career Planning, Personal Branding

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