One of the most important parts of one’s job is feeling valued.
Yet, according to Career Pivot, the #2 reason people leave their job is that they do not feel valued at work and the #1 reason is their boss.
First of all, let’s look at why we need to feel valued, rewarded and recognised at work.
Typically when your employer rewards you, they’re recognising your hard work and dedication. Work recognition can take many forms, yet we feel the same euphoria however it’s presented to us. We know that from a very early age we have always craved recognition from parents, teachers and/or friends. So strong is our desire for positive affirmation, particularly during developmental periods, that we can even perceive a neutral reaction as a negative one. 2 In turn, this has continued to hold as we moved into our workplaces. Similar to personal recognition from said people, employee recognition helps to:
- Retain your commitment.
- Increase your engagement.
- Encourage high performance.
So it appears that when we’re valued and recognised we’re more likely to stay committed to our current place of work as well as being able to perform better which in turn, benefits the whole organisation.
We know how important it is for you to want to know when you’re meeting or exceeding expectations for your job performance. Receiving recognition at work helps you know that your coworkers and manager value your contributions to the team and the business. Knowing that we crave recognition, what can we do to make sure that we’re valued and recognised by our employer?
Here are some steps you can take to enhance your chances for recognition:
- Understand your work's significance. When you understand the core values of the company and how your work contributes to it you’ll feel more connected to the overall goal of your work, which in turn creates more passion for your projects.
- Help others at work. When you make time for others you’re exhibiting signs of a team player or a leader, which is always highly regarded by your heads of authority. Taking extra efforts to help your co-workers can also make your work feel more meaningful and increase your job satisfaction overall.
- Work hard. When you put in the effort and work to the best of your ability others will always be able to see it. It’s not just important for your self-recognition, working hard also shows your employer why you deserve positive feedback.
- Communicate with your manager. It’s just as important for you as it is for your manager to have regular discussions about your work, performance and capabilities. This can help ensure your manager understands the scope of your work on various tasks and projects and if you were to go above and beyond said tasks. You know your boundaries and by communicating them your leader will know what to expect from you.
- Practice self-care. Behaviour that promotes your physical health — such as exercise, good nutrition and stress management — can help you feel more positive, motivated and focused which will increase your job satisfaction. 3
One of the most important steps you must take away from the above is ‘practice self-care’.
A lot of the time those of us who are striving for greatness at work tend to put our projects and tasks above all else and unfortunately, that means ourselves. When this happens, many of us experience ‘burnout’ 4, which is a form of exhaustion caused by constantly feeling swamped. We want to be able to get to a place where we can still feel valued by our leaders and be recognised for our work without jeopardising our health, be it physical or mental. So how can we do that?
We must work to our best abilities without jeopardising our health.
Different people have different priorities throughout their day as well as their work. They could have children that need picking up from school at a certain time, doctors appointments, a different sleeping schedule, vet trips and more, so we need to be able to do the best work we can in the times we’ve scheduled. Whether you’re; working from home, in the office or on-site or starting work at 3 am, 6 am or 10 pm, you need to be motivated and energised all the same.
When working at your best impacts your desired recognition, we need to make sure we’re working at our best no matter the circumstances.
You can try an early morning coffee to get you energised, working through your lunch to help others or intermittent breaks to help keep you focused, but no other remedy will help keep you motivated, focused, energised and alert like exercise.
That’s right, I said exercise.
I’m not talking about signing up to your local gym or going on a 5KM run so don’t worry too much, I’m just talking about a minimum of 11 minutes a day pumping your muscles, sweating it out and filling your brain with all the endorphins and oxygen that it can take.
Research 5 has found that resistance-based strength training creates an instant oxygen boost which can last up to 21 hours* far outlasting the effects of high-intensity interval training or walking.
Through that same research we’ve been shown that after just 11 minutes of resistance training a day, (which results in an oxygen boost for up to 21 hours), you can experience improved productivity, wellbeing, better manage stress and 8% improvement in task processing speed as well as a 29% error rate decrease in work produced.
Wow. That’s a big impact on your day from just 11 minutes of resistance training. We’ve seen that if you work hard and be more productive it can increase your chances of recognition from your leader and peers, giving you the confidence to keep going.
When we discussed how the #1 reason for people leaving is their boss, we understood that this could be because of the lack of communication and not feeling valued by them, however, if there was a way that they could support your self-care whilst reaping the benefits of your hard work, don’t you think they’d want to know about it?
Tell your boss!
If more people in the business begin to exercise daily and boost their oxygen intake, that’s even more brainpower to accomplish tasks at hand, and even more of your colleagues getting recognised for their uplift in productivity!
Help put the motivation and concentration back in everyone’s step by sharing June365 with your boss and we can show them how they can help implement resistance training into everyone's day. Click here to get an information pack you can share today.