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