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Overworked and Undervalued: What to do When Recognition Never Comes – Ritika Trikha

You’ve been working your fingers to the bone – extra hours, extra projects, extra everything.

Everything, that is, except extra recognition and appreciation. It seems no one notices your hard work. However you ended up in this situation, it is time to take back control.

One thing to remember, as Roxanne Peplow of Computer Systems Institute points out, is “you cannot seek praise from others—it has to come from within.” Rather than waiting to be praised, be proud of your own accomplishments. Shed light onto your achievements and give credit where it’s due… you and your team.

“If you feel that you are doing more than what is expected of you and it isn’t being recognized, you are making yourself a victim. When you victimize yourself, it’s impossible to be positive,” Peplow says.

To reclaim the recognition you deserve, here’s what to do instead:

  1. Speak UP

If you’re overworked, speak up. “Many employees and workers mistakenly believe their job is at stake if they say they can’t handle *one more* project. More projects equals less focus, less quality,” says Steve Duffy, president of ListHere.com.

Duffy, like most other managers, would rather have an employee deliver great results rather than take on too much and fall short.

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