Workers may come to the conclusion that their best or only option for overcoming employment issues is to move to a new job or career field. Perhaps they feel bored, ignored, underappreciated or overwhelmed in their current position. These workers may benefit from talking with career professionals about the red flags or the value of change (see CDA Insights articles on Red Flags 10/2021 and Change Happens 6/2016). The career professional may be able to help the worker focus on how to maximize their current situation through self-advocacy, i.e., getting noticed in a current position. The result? Growth through skill development, enhanced self-esteem or bonding over the humanness in life – which all could be better than a new job! ~ Melanie Reinersman, email@example.com
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FOCUS ON: Feeling Undervalued at Work
Employees may feel valued if they receive fair pay, verbal recognition, positive performance reports and opportunities for advancement. When corporate leaders do not offer those options, the employee may need to be coached to first assess the overall culture, then make a list contributions, set up a meeting, and provide solutions. By seeking the manager’s perspective, the employee demonstrates self-advocacy, which may overcome feelings of being undervalued. Read more from Indeed.
FOCUS ON: Solutions for When a Boss Doesn’t Notice
When consistent hard work is rarely commented on, the employee may blame the boss and feel helpless. However there are several ways to help the boss take note of the employee’s efforts. Make appointments with busy bosses, open the lines of communication, write more concise emails, address the errors and successes, and collaborate across teams to increase visibility. Read more from the Muse.
FOR PRACTITIONERS: Assertiveness at Work
Being proactive in expressing one’s needs in a healthy way can be beneficial at work. Learning to be assertive begins with choosing when it is appropriate and recognizing that aggression wrongly limits everyone. Speaking with “I” statements, declaring needs unapologetically, and wisely selecting the issues can increase assertiveness at work. Read more from Positive Psychology.
FOR PRACTITIONERS: Building Confidence
The career professional may aid the client’s ability to get noticed by focusing on confidence issues. When current situations and relationships are looked at objectively, or the root of a lack of confidence is explored, the client’s ability to feel more mastery in the world may increase. Read more from TalkSpace and utilize self-esteem worksheets from Therapists Aid.
TOP TEN: Ways to Confidently Speak Up in Meetings
Sharing thoughts in meetings is a skill that employees at all levels need to develop. Career professionals may want to encourage clients to prepare for meetings in advance, ask questions, or ease into it by showing support of someone else’s contribution. Of course, listening to what is being said, stopping the censoring thoughts, and practicing regularly are equally important to gaining confidence in meetings. Read more from Fellow.
“People may take a job for more money, but they often leave it for more recognition.” ~ Dr. Bob Bob Nelson
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
"When a manager recognizes an employee’s behavior, personally and sincerely, both feel proud, gratified, and happy. There’s a human connection that transcends the immediate culture to create a shared bond. The power of this bond is stronger than you might think; indeed, it’s the power that holds together great organizational cultures.” ~ Erik Mosely and Derek Irvine
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