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Do you feel valued for the work that you do?

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Does your boss value your work?

By Melany Hallam
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Believe it or not, money is not the only reward that people need in order to feel that they are valued at work. Yes, money sure helps but, in my own experience, my best paid position was one I left because I didn't feel that my time or efforts were respected.Looking back on it now, I realize that part of the problem was that I wasn't good at communicating to managers my successes, compliments from clients or the sheer volume of work that I tackled every day. I just kept my head down and did the work. It turns out that this is exactly the wrong thing to do if you want to be recognized and valued by your boss.There's lots of career advice out there on how to toot your own horn without becoming known around the office as a braggart, such as:But feeling valued isn't solely your own responsibility. A study out of Florida State University (FSU) (https://www.fsu.edu/news/2006/12/04/bad.boss/) several years ago found that the employee/boss relationship has a huge effect on job satisfaction and employee retention."They say that employees don't leave their job or company, they leave their boss," says study author Wayne Hochwarter, an associate professor of management in FSU's College of Business.The FSU research group surveyed more than 700 people working in a range of jobs about their opinions of supervisor treatment on the job. They found that:I don't know about you, but no amount of money would be enough for me to put up with that sort of treatment on a regular basis. So if you're feeling unappreciated at work, don't ignore that feeling. It won't go away by itself. Stop and assess what it is that you need to change. The solution could be as simple as asking for what you want (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201212/9-ways-ask-and-get-what-you-want). Remember, your boss may be completely unaware of your unhappiness - and she can't say "Yes" if you don't ask!Here are some further readings and resources that might help:

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