I don’t feel val­ued by my em­ployer. What should I do?

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FROM what per­spec­tive do you not feel val­ued? Is it recog­ni­tion or money? You need to get this clear in your mind be­fore you act on this feel­ing. If you feel that you are not re­ceiv­ing suf­fi­cient feed­back then you need to have a con­ver­sa­tion with your man­ager. Ex­plain how you are feel­ing and that you would ap­pre­ci­ate feed­back on the work you are do­ing. Say­ing this, you need to ex­pect that your man­ager is likely to, and should, pro­vide both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive feed­back. You need to be pre­pared to ac­cept both. If the feel­ing is linked to salary, you should first do some re­search on the pay lev­els. KNOWyou are not alone – many em­ploy­ees don’t feel val­ued by their em­ployer. . Firstly, I’d rec­om­mend you con­duct a self-eval­u­a­tion to see if you are per­form­ing at the level re­quired for your role. Ask for feed­back from your man­ager to gain a clear un­der­stand­ing of ex­pec­ta­tions and key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors. You may find there are ar­eas where you can work smarter and tak­ing the ini­tia­tive to ask how you can im­prove will demon­strate your com­mit­ment. Se­condly, sit down with your man­ager and have a di­rect con­ver­sa­tion about how you feel. IF YOU’RE not feel­ing val­ued, it’s prob­a­bly time to start con­sid­er­ing your op­tions in re­la­tion to al­ter­na­tive ex­ter­nal roles. I typ­i­cally see two sce­nar­ios oc­cur­ring in terms of em­ployee en­gage­ment. Peo­ple are ei­ther en­gaged with the or­gan­i­sa­tion but not their job or they are en­gaged with their job but not their or­gan­i­sa­tion. In re­al­ity, for you to have a ful­fill­ing ca­reer it’s im­por­tant to be en­gaged in both given the amount of time we spend at work. With­out both your mo­ti­va­tion will drop and it will be­come in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to per­form to your full ca­pa­bil­ity. BE­FORE broach­ing this topic with your man­ager or em­ployer it is im­por­tant to try to iso­late or iden­tify the causes for these feel­ings. Is it re­ally just about work or are you feel­ing un­der­val­ued in other ar­eas of your life? Once clear on the is­sues, you may want to test your thoughts with a trusted col­league or a per­son with an ob­jec­tive per­spec­tive. How do they see the sit­u­a­tion? If your con­cerns are sub­stan­ti­ated, po­litely and care­fully dis­cuss it with your man­ager be­cause feel­ing un­der­val­ued can lead to di­min­ished en­gage­ment at work with on­go­ing con­se­quences.

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