Every day, you show up to work on time and with a great attitude. You’re detail-oriented, complete projects ahead of schedule, and go above and beyond in any way you can. But your boss doesn’t seem to notice. Are they simply stretched thin – too busy – or are you underappreciated? Here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine the answer:
Is your boss making you feel invisible?
You go to meetings prepared with thoughts and ideas to share. But when you speak up about them, your boss doesn’t acknowledge you. In addition, you’re often blindsided by new requests or changes and left feeling out of the loop when it comes to what’s happening in your department.
Is your boss giving you feedback?
If your boss often offers a positive word of praise or a constructive comment, then it demonstrates that they do, in fact, value your work. On the other hand, if you never hear a word from them either way, positive or negative, they might be too busy to notice or simply take you for granted. You’ve become a dependable worker, one that don’t think they need to motivate with recognition, guidance and support.
Have you been passed over for opportunities you’re qualified for?
If other people around you, those who are less qualified, are getting promoted and you’re not, then that’s a problem. It could be that you’re such a solid performer in your role your boss doesn’t want you to make a change. But in reality, if you want to advance your career, then you’re not going to be able to do so if you’re performing the same duties, year after year.
These are just a few questions to ask yourself to find out if your boss is really interested in your success. If it seems like they’re not, then it’s time to have a conversation with them. Let them know that you want to get ahead in your career and want their help, guidance and advice in doing so.
If they’re willing to invest in you, then that’s a positive sign. However, if they dismiss your feelings, then it’s time to make a move. Get out your resume and start polishing it, so you can find a new opportunity where you are valued and appreciated.
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