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6 Habits To Make Everyone Recognize Your Contribution And Accomplishments At Work

6 Habits To Make Everyone Recognize Your Contribution And Accomplishments At Work

Some people find it very easy to show off their accomplishments and get awarded for them, whereas others are wallflowers, who sit quietly at their desk and expect recognition for their job. You need to learn that being a wallflower won’t help you in your career, and you need to stand up for yourself.

1. Let your boss know your success

You aren’t the only employee in your company, and your boss cannot check on each of you to see who’s achieving what. Moreover, they have a lot of things to take care of and you are the last thing on their mind. Sometimes, bosses don’t know exactly who is doing what project and in what way. Usually, they just check the finished projects and that’s it.

Why not remind your boss what you are doing and what results you are getting? Tell them openly all the things you’ve done, and they will certainly appreciate that. They hired you, and they expect of their employees to improve and develop as professionals, so don’t think it will be awkward or look like you are bragging excessively

. Actually, they will be happy to know that you are bringing money to company and you are willing to contribute to company’s growth.

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2. Know when you start bragging annoyingly

Many people will tell you that talking about your accomplishments quickly becomes bragging, and that can only have a negative effect. However, people will always see you as boastful if you attain a certain level of success, no matter what you do.

Don’t be afraid to speak about all the things you’ve done for the company, because those who need to know won’t think that you are arrogant because of it. The problem occurs when you start talking about it excessively, which slowly becomes really annoying. This happens when people start repeating over and over again what they have achieved.

So, be sure that when you said it the first time everybody heard you loud and clear, there is no need to repeat it. Point out your successes, because no one will do it for you, and if your co-workers think of it as bragging, know that anything that took a lot of effort and knowledge to achieve is worth bragging about.

3. Be proud of yourself

You cannot expect other people to respect you and be proud of you, if you aren’t proud of yourself. Learn to respect yourself and you’ll quickly see the results.

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Make a list of all your accomplishments at work. When you do this, you will have a clear image of how good you actually are. When you become proud of yourself and start respecting yourself, others will surely change their opinions of you.

4. Have a better picture of yourself

Some people are just not motivated by their successes, and they constantly underestimate themselves. Usually, this problem comes from being insecure. You know that you are an expert and you are aware of the importance of the things you’ve done so far, but somehow you aren’t happy.

This is a very complex problem as it is psychological in nature. You may be unsatisfied with your love life, personal unfulfilled goals, but sometimes all one person needs is a bit of a confidence boost. There is only one way to do this and feel better in your skin – exercise.

Exercise will keep you healthy and make you feel more attractive, which will definitely make you feel better about yourself. Nobody says you should look like a supermodel, but it is important to feel confident in order to project a better image of yourself. If you don’t like doing sports or yoga, you can just start jogging.

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Whatever physical activity you take up, you need to keep track of your activity levels. Download an app for your smartphone or consider purchasing a fitness bracelet, which you can wear wherever you go – it will count your steps and provide you with some others metrics that are useful for gauging your progress.

This way, you will add some non-business accomplishments to your list.

5. Stop being a victim

You have probably heard people talking about their success in manner that makes you feel sorry for them. If you are one of those “martyrs”, and you talk how much you have done by sacrificing everything – just stop doing it. There are many other people who are doing the same job or even harder, and you don’t hear them say how they struggled to finally successfully finish a certain task.

No one will value your work if you present yourself as a victim, and they might think you are not really good for that job, as you seem to face a lot of problems that aren’t so stressful, and definitely aren’t obstacles to your success. Therefore, talk realistically and don’t exaggerate.

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6. Face your failures

At your job, you’ll face a lot of failures, which is completely normal. However, there is one trait that describes all successful people – they know the true meaning of failing. Failure is a first step to success, because you have to learn from your mistakes. Your boss will expect you to know how to cope with failure and make the best of it by learning from your mistakes.

Learn how to handle criticism and failures in order to show that you are a person who sees failures as new challenges, and not just another obstacle in life. There are certainly a lot of things you can be proud of, but your boss will truly value your capability to use failure to your benefit.

If you don’t panic and get depressed over one little mistake, but present various solutions, then everyone in your office will appreciate your contribution and accomplishments.

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Last Updated on July 15, 2019

10 Signs of a Bad Boss and How to Deal with Them

10 Signs of a Bad Boss and How to Deal with Them

This is an article I didn’t want to write. Even if it appears that way on the surface, few things are black and white. Between the two colors is a world of gray. Notwithstanding the bosses who behave criminally, some of the people who carry the “bad boss” label have possibly been, or have the capacity to become, a “good boss.”

This is an article I didn’t want to write because I understand that depending on whom you ask, many of us could be labeled either a good or bad boss.

Perhaps another reason I didn’t want to write this article is because context matters. Context for the organization and context for the individual. What is happening in the organization? What is the culture? Is the “boss” in a position for which the individual is equipped to do the job? Is the person in a terrible place in life? The office culture, the relationship a team member has with a boss or board and the leader’s personal life can all influence how the person shows up and leads and how others perceive the individual.

But since I am writing this article, I will share a few signs that bosses are bad and in need of a timeout.

1. Bad Bosses Don’t Know and Haven’t Healed Their Inner Child

If you plan to lead people – well, if you plan to effectively lead yourself – you must get reacquainted with your inner child. Just because you are in young adulthood, middle age or the golden years doesn’t mean your inner child matches your chronological age. If you experienced trauma as a child, your inner child may be stuck at the point or age of that trauma. While you walk around in a woman’s size 10 shoe, your behavior may showcase an inner child who is much younger.

In a June 7, 2008, Psychology Today article, Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D., observed,[1]

“The fact is that the majority of so-called adults are not truly adults at all. We all get older … But, psychologically speaking, this is not adulthood. True adulthood hinges on acknowledging, accepting, and taking responsibility for loving and parenting one’s own inner child. For most adults, this never happens. Instead, their inner child has been denied, neglected, disparaged, abandoned or rejected. We are told by society to ‘grow up,’ putting childish things aside. To become adults, we’ve been taught that our inner child—representing our child-like capacity for innocence, wonder, awe, joy, sensitivity and playfulness—must be stifled, quarantined or even killed. The inner child comprises and potentiates these positive qualities. But it also holds our accumulated childhood hurts, traumas, fears and angers.”

Sometimes the key that your inner child needs tending to is conflict with someone else’s inner child.

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Good bosses are aware of the ups and downs of their childhood, have worked or are working to heal their inner child and are aware of their triggers. Good managers use this awareness to manage themselves, and their interactions with others. Bad bosses are oblivious to how their inner child impacts not only their life but the lives of others.

2. Bad Bosses Are Unable to Accept Feedback

Bad bosses are not intentional about creating an environment where their peers and colleagues can share feedback about their leadership. They don’t solicit feedback. Given the power dynamic that managers, CEOs and others in leadership yield, they must go out of their way to solicit feedback, and they must do so repeatedly.

Before being completely honest, most team members will test the waters and share low-stakes information to get a sense for how their boss will respond. If the boss is angry or retaliatory, team members are less likely to risk being candid in the future.

So being unable to accept feedback takes on two forms: failing to proactively and repeatedly ask for feedback and reacting poorly when feedback is shared.

3. Bad Bosses Are Unwilling to Give Timely Feedback

The flip side of accepting feedback is giving feedback. Both require courage. It takes courage to open yourself up and accept feedback on ways that you need to grow. Similarly, it takes courage to share honest feedback about a team member’s or colleague’s performance or behavior.

Since not everyone is open to accepting feedback, whether they’re a manager or not, having an honest conversation about areas a team member or colleague has missed the mark, is not always easy. Still, good bosses will find a way to share feedback, and they’ll do so in a timely fashion.

Withholding feedback and sharing it months after a situation has unfolded or in a snowball fashion is unhelpful to the employees. One of the ways we grow as leaders is through feedback. When people have the courage to tell us the truth, that information allows us to progress.

4. Bad Bosses Are Unable to Acknowledge Their Mistakes

Owning their mistakes is like a disease to bad bosses; they do not want it. Instead of being risk averse, they are accountability averse. The problem is that they can only gloss over their weaknesses or failures for so long; the people around are able to see their flaws and weaknesses, and bad bosses pretending they don’t exist is not helpful. It is infuriating.

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However, bad bosses are masterful at reassigning blame. They are unable or unwilling to accept responsibility for mistakes — small or large. But career expert Amanda Augustine told CNBC “Make It” in May 2017, that “good managers also admit their mistakes.”[2] They don’t pass the blame or pretend they didn’t make a mistake. They own it.

5. Bad Bosses Are Unwilling or Incapable of Being Vulnerable

Vulnerability is an underrated leadership skill. But well-placed and well-thought out vulnerability enables employees to see their leaders’ humanity, and it creates a way for leaders to bond with their teams.

Bad bosses may talk about vulnerability, but they don’t practice it in their own lives, particularly in the workplace.

6. Privately, Bad Bosses Do Not Live Up to the Organization’s Stated Values

Bad bosses may publicly spout the values of the organization they work for, but privately they either don’t believe or don’t embody those values.

If they work for an environmental group, they may not practice sustainability in their private lives. Their words and actions are incongruent.

7. Bad Bosses Are Unable to Inspire Others

When bad bosses are unable or unwilling to take the time to inspire others, they lead through fear or command. Neither are helpful.

A culture dominated by fear will stifle creativity and risk taking that can lead to innovation. An autocratic management style will have a similar effect in that team, members will not feel they have the space to step outside of the box they have been placed in.

A good boss is someone who takes time to share the big picture and time to inspire their teams to want to be a part of it.

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8. Bad Bosses Are Disinterested in How Their Behavior Impacts Others

They are narcissistic and focused on self-preservation. In “19 Traits of a Bad Boss,” Kevin Sheridan said,[3]

“Terrible bosses are endlessly self-centered. Everything is about them and not the people they manage or what is going on in their employees’ personal lives. It is never about the team, but rather all about how good they look. Conversely, great bosses lead with integrity, honesty, care, and authenticity.”

Rather than seeing their team’s talents and seeing people’s full humanity, bad bosses believe their team exists to serve them. Families, personal life and priorities be damned. Bona fide bad bosses believe that their comfort should be prioritized over their team’s needs and desires.

9. Bad Bosses Have Likely Received Negative Feedback

Bad bosses have likely been told that they are poor supervisors. They have likely been told time and time again that their behavior is harmful to the people around them.

Perhaps they do not know how to change or are unwilling to change. But bad bosses certainly have received clues, insights and direct feedback that their management style and behavior are harmful to others.

Even when someone hasn’t explicitly said, “Your behavior is harmful to me and others,” the absence of feedback indicates a problem. It can mean that the leader’s team doesn’t feel safe enough to share feedback, that people do not believe the leader will act on what is shared, or that people have determine the best strategy is to avoid the boss as much as possible.

10. Bad Bosses Are Perfectionists

Bad bosses are driven by an internal urge to be perfect. Perfectionists don’t just want to be perfect; they want everyone around them to be perfect as well. This is a standard that neither they nor their team can live up to.

Since perfection is illusive, they spend their time chasing their shadow and being frustrated that they cannot catch it. They are unable to enjoy the journey and often block others from doing so as well. They let “perfect” be the enemy of “good.” Rather than embracing a growth mindset that desires to learn and improved, they are compulsive and toxic.

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If you are like me and you see yourself in parts of this list, do not despair. A bad boss can change. The key is seeking honest feedback and being willing to work through that feedback and your triggers with a therapist or coach.

The Bottom Line

Regardless of your age and the mistakes you have made, you can change and become a healthier leader whom others respect and appreciate.

Conversely, if you are employed by a bad boss, do everything in your power to take care of yourself. Understand that your boss’s behavior, even if directed at you, is not about you. Your boss’s reactions, if and when you make a mistake, is a reflection on that individual, not you.

To survive the work environment, think about the lesson you are meant to learn. You can do this with a trusted therapist or capable coach. However, if you deem the work environment to be toxic and harmful to your health, seek employment elsewhere.

In the end, this is an article I did not want to write, but I’m happy I did.

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