Individuals are the world’s greatest resource – in daily life, in relationships and in business.
Unfortunately, however, if you haven’t already, you will encounter times when they are not precious as the precious jewels they are in the job setting.
Maintaining motivation in the face of adversity, constant adjustments and corporate politics is hard enough as it is, but if we are undervalued as employees, this becomes especially challenging. The warning signs are there: you bring your “A” game to each event, you under-promise and over-deliver and you shine above the rest… but those in the position to improve your position and pay do not appear to care. They shower their attention elsewhere or they are otherwise aloof.
leaders have a way of eventually being ushered out of the business. Though this can take time, and will certainly not happen on your schedule, things change, and the trick is to be at the top of the list of prospects when they’re looking for somebody to replace shifting upper management. If somebody else passes you during this time, you will only kick yourself afterwards.
Second, are you worried about the wrong people valuing you? Certainly, someone values your work and contributions; it just may not be the ones that you think you want it to be. Have you got a significant other and a household for whom you are bringing home the bacon? They value you. Have you got a team of subordinates or coworkers to whom you bring a lot of knowledge and support and advice and contribution? They value you. So, you see, while people who restrain your paycheck are you down because they do not appear to know you exist, your home team does and you’re making a difference for them. Don’t let them down.
Constantly examine your priorities to guarantee the ones you’re choosing and the ones getting bumped are the ideal ones on both counts. The present – while important – is a relative blip on the radar and provided you are still able to work toward your ultimate goals in some way, it may serve to keep you motivated during these difficult times. Find an outlet. Find release. These things will help you to stay whole.
Again, nothing lasts forever and all you can do is control what you can control; you can control your participation and seeking solace in other outlets, but ultimately, these determining factors can lead you to diagnose a lingering dead end situation as one you need to move on from. You can do your best, but in the end you must make the choice – as the Clash famously pronounced – “Should I stay or should I go?” You may change your situation by taking your talents elsewhere. I’d imagine this could be your employer’s loss, but it just might land you closer to your fate.
Very good luck!
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