Appreciated by Boss?
Joan Jerkovich - March 11, 2014 7:00 am
I’ve been working long hours and feel that I’m a good employee. I get frustrated when I don’t feel appreciated by my boss. Once in a while I’d like to hear how I’m doing or if I’m doing a good job. When the hours get really long is when I most want to hear something positive. Is it ever a good idea to ask my boss how I’m doing?
Absolutely! This is a great question because as a boss myself, I know I don’t always do a good job of showing appreciation to my employees. Let me tell you about this from my perspective as a boss; the “other side of the desk” so to speak. Sometimes, even when I want to compliment my employees, I don’t want the compliments to feel insincere, so I second guess how often, and when, and if, and over what issues, to compliment them on a job well done. Silly as that may sound, we bosses don’t always have the answers, nor do we always do the right thing by our employees. The other challenge a boss or supervisor has is to tailor the appreciation to make it meaningful for each employee. Different employees are complimented and motivated by different approaches.
If you’re wondering how you’re doing on the job, schedule a time to talk with your boss. If you’re making a formal time to meet, out of courtesy, give your boss an idea of what you want to discuss. This will keep the meeting focused and can help your boss consider things they too may want to plan for discussion. If your boss has an open-door policy, step into their office and start the conversation rolling. If you have needs at work that you feel are not getting met, even a need for recognition and “Thanks”, let your boss know. Bosses can’t read minds but hopefully they can, and will, read this blog and give you the positive feedback you’re looking for!
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- What two or three things would you like to say to your boss?
- What do you need from your job to lend you more satisfaction?
- Can you see yourself starting a dialogue with your boss about what you need?