(I can hear your mind from here, word association…value proposition…senior management buzz phrase…yadda yadda…boring…shutting down…STOP and read the title again.)
Everyone just wants to be valued (a regular theme of mine because of its inherit truth) including you! To feel valued, you need to provide value. If you are not feeling valued by looking above, then look elsewhere but think about why you aren’t feeling valued from above. Are you doing the tasks that those higher on the hierarchy ladder think are useful to the organization? Have you asked? Do they know about the top 5 or 10 things that you are especially proud for accomplishing in the last year?
Take a deep breath and focus on the person in front of you (that would be you, reflected in the computer screen). Have you defined what you think your value proposition to your company is? If you don’t know or take the time to define it, why should anyone else including your boss?
Let’s look at your home life for a minute. Do the people that you live with appreciate you? I’ll bet you said not nearly enough. Have any of them ever been asked to step in and do some of the tasks that you complain they didn’t notice? A person can’t notice what they don’t know about. Kids believe a magic fairy comes in to straighten up their room, do the cooking, cleaning, laundry etc. if they never see it done or get asked to participate. So do husbands or wives or roommates. I’ve defined shared rooms in my house as public rooms and trained my boys to look for personal items in these rooms and remove them. Now they might not pick up their things, but they can’t claim that they didn’t know what I meant.
The same idea applies at work. People will assume that what they are doing is harder, more important, whatever than what you are doing. You do it too. Its human nature. So you have to break the chain.
You break the chain by asking questions to define expectations. If you work with your boss to understand and define what is valued then its easy to act to it. The next thing is to keep track of your successes so you can list them for your review. Don’t assume that your boss will remember them.
“What we must decide is perhaps how we are valuable rather than how valuable we are.”
~Edgar Z. Friedenberg
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