When we go above and beyond in the name of our job, it can be disheartening if we don’t get the recognition we feel we deserve. The most logical reason for this is that your boss is absolutely slammed and although they’ve mentally noted your hard work, they haven’t actually had the time to commend you for it.
Of course, a hectic schedule isn’t always the only reason they’re not heaping praise on you, particularly if their silent treatment is at odds with how they give feedback to the rest of your team. Aside from standing on your desk and shouting, ‘Helloooooo, I’m over here!’ there are – thankfully – other ways to prise recognition from a boss who doesn’t seem to notice your efforts.
It’s all well and good absolutely smashing out one project, but resting on your laurels the rest of the time will earn you little favour with your superiors. The most effective way of showing your true grit is to be consistently above average, not peppering substandard output with snippets of brilliance. Becoming an indispensable member of the team is a sure-fire way to get your boss’s attention. If not, see below options.
Arrange a meeting
Even better, make it a regular one. If your boss really is too busy to offer feedback, there’s a chance that they haven’t noticed your endeavours at all. Not only can this feel incredibly demotivating, it can be damaging for your career progression. By arranging a (brief) meeting, you can discuss the status of your projects, paying close attention to any obstacles you’ve overcome in order to get results. Reminding your manager of your value is the objective here.
Ask for help
Is your boss prone to playing favourites? While it might feel personal, it’s likely that they just gel easier with certain personalities. Don’t give in to your knee-jerk reaction to close off from them. Instead, focus on building a rapport between the two of you. Reopen the lines of communication by asking for help – studies have shown that when we do someone a favour, we are likely to feel more favourably towards them.
Give your own feedback
You might not be the only one feeling undervalued. As long as it’s authentic, informally recognising the efforts of your colleagues will help promote a positive work environment. Additionally, squirrel away any encouraging feedback you receive in a special folder, so you can refer back to it when your own confidence needs a boost.