Are You Feeling Unappreciated At Work?

For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on feeling unappreciated the image shows a disillusioned woman staring at her computer screen.

Do you ever find yourself feeling unappreciated at work? In a recent conversation with a client, we celebrated her business’s remarkable growth, the accomplishments of her team, and the successful implementation of numerous Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that were absent just a few years ago.

As we talked, we discussed how important it is not to merely pat yourself on the back, but it’s equally vital to acknowledge the hard work of your team, who may be feeling unappreciated. Take the time to call out each team member and highlight what the business looked like a few months ago to what it looks like now and acknowledge their part in the success.

Taking a moment to express gratitude to your team can foster a positive work culture. This sentiment recently hit home when a colleague surprised me with a thoughtful gift certificate.  I don’t often get that much acknowledgment from other people that I collaborate with and work with, except in the form of thank you. I’m guilty of it too in that I don’t acknowledge it other than thanking them. So it was really nice for someone to go out of their way and acknowledge how much my work had meant to them and our collaboration.

So, here’s a challenge for you as the year is coming to an end: reflect on the past year and identify those who have made a difference in your professional journey. Consider going beyond the routine thank you and explore creative ways to show appreciation, making them feel truly seen and valued.

I encourage you to share your experiences or plans in the comments below.

Read more: How Can You Show Appreciation For Your Team?

Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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