One of the most commonly cited reasons for people leaving their jobs is feeling underappreciated. Though we all need to eat and pay our bills, I’m sure you go to work for more than your paycheque! Despite what a company will invest in hiring and training, many people are totally underappreciated by the companies they sacrifice so much for. Here are a few signs that you’re not appreciated by your company…
Your Boss Never Offers Guidance and Support
It’s part of a manager’s job to offer employees continual support, guidance and feedback. If there’s a total lack of this through every working day, it can be extremely detrimental to your personal development and your professional life in general. Obviously, it’s in the company’s interest for your boss to be interested in the technical aspects of your job and how efficiently projects are being completed. However, if they never think about how you’re able to exercise your skills and whether you’re being challenged by your work, it’s a sure-fire sign that they don’t really care about your success. Whether this issue is restricted to you or affects everyone in your office, it’s a bad sign that you should keep an eye on.
You’re not Being Compensated Fairly
This is one of the most tangible and measurable signs you’re being underappreciated, as well as one of the most frustrating. All over the world, there are professionals like you who are working under an employer who doesn’t really care about what they can offer the business, and aren’t going out of their way to make sure they’re compensated fairly. When you ask for a performance evaluation or bring up a raise even vaguely, you may be brushed off or even reprimanded. Even if the figure on your paycheque is fair for the skills you’re bringing to the business, there are various other forms of compensation you may deserve such as having your travel expenses paid or access to EAP counselling solutions. When you’ve been under-compensated at your work for some time, despite all you’ve done to turn it around, it’s a major sign that you should start looking for a new job.
You’re Being Micromanaged
Okay, this may not sound exactly negligent, but it certainly shows a distinct lack of respect from the managers you work under. If your boss is constantly looking over your shoulder, and picking out details that they want you to change long before the work is due, it’s definitely not something you should simply grit your teeth through. If you’ve established that your boss doesn’t treat everyone else on the floor like this, and that there’s no patterns in your work that warrant micromanagement, then try to do something about it. Point out the ways in which your boss is micromanaging you, and suggest better ways for you to keep them in the loop. For example, you could suggest weekly reports rather than constant monitoring and nit-picking. Often, simply pointing your boss’s habits out to them is enough to fix the problem.
You Never Get Projects That Further Your Professional Development
Once you’ve been in a job for a year or two, and you can almost go in and do it blindfolded, you’re naturally going to want to move onto significantly more challenging projects and tasks. This is how we really put our skills and knowledge to work, and get out of our comfort zone in order to learn new things, which in turn furthers our professional development. If you’ve been proving yourself time and time again in your office, and you’re still not being given big opportunities to stretch your legs, then it’s a clear sign that your overall career arc isn’t all that important to the company. You don’t have to be grinding at a blue-collar position to be in a “dead-end job”!
Your Feedback Never Gets Heard
Like many companies, yours probably sends out an employee engagement survey every year, asking you and all your co-workers what they’d like to see changed about the way things are being run. Again, like many companies, the upper management at your office may get the same points brought up year after year, and yet do nothing about it! If you’ve been highlighting the same points over and over and seeing no changes, and a similar thing is happening with your co-workers, it needs to be treated as a red flag. Don’t just wait until next year and hope that this time things will change. Accept that the higher-ups at the company don’t care about their employees, and move on.