Written by: Renée LeMoine
Photo by: Vojtìch Vlk
"A hard-working and dedicated
friend of mine has been in the same position for many years without
receiving the recognition that he deserves.
It is time for a change. Either your friend needs to be up front
with his boss about getting credit where credit is due, or he should
leave his job in search for work that is more rewarding.
When preparing to discuss this issue with his boss, it will be
useful for him to think back over instances that might have caused
rifts between him and the boss. For whatever reason - fair or not
- the boss probably doesn't have complete confidence in your friend.
If he chooses to stay in his current position, he must find a way
to win back the bosses trust and confidence.
Have your friend create a list of all possible instances where
there were misunderstandings and communication gaps between him
and his supervisor. It is important to also include problems that
arose between himself and his colleagues. This is a time to be
reflective, honest, and self-critical.
Discerning questions to contemplate:
- Does he trust and respect his boss? If not, how does he cover
up his dissatisfaction, if at all? Is he expressing it to colleagues
or using passive aggressive behavior to seek revenge? How does
he get along with other staff members? Is he respected by his
colleagues, or just tolerated? Does he enjoy his work and teammates,
or is he just putting in the time? What truly creative and valuable
new ideas has he contributed in the last year? Does he bring
joy and enthusiasm into the office, or do dark clouds gather
around him? Stifled emotions and repressed anger are easily felt
when working in close vicinity.
- Openly approaching the boss with an action plan that address
personal weaknesses and smoothing over past differences will
be seen as a sincere move that may win back trust. On the other
hand, if disparities between them are more the result of personality
differences, then few options exist other than moving on. If
your friend is truly talented and collaborative, he is wasting
precious time and energy in a work environment that doesn't reward
his efforts. A change will do him good.
Article prepared by Renée LeMoine, Executive
Director, LeMoine & Associates
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