Feeling valued and appreciated at your office is vital. You can’t work 40 hours or more every week in an environment where you don’t feel important. Feeling like a valuable contributor is critical to being happy with your job. But we all know that’s not always the case. If you’re feeling undervalued, you shouldn’t ignore it. The following are just a few solutions you can use when you’re feeling undervalued at work:
Ask for a raise
If you’re feeling undervalued, there’s a good chance you’re feeling underpaid. A 2014 Glassdoor.com study revealed nearly 40 percent of workers feel they’re not fairly compensated for their job.
You’ll need to prepare for when you ask. Don’t go in empty handed. Before asking for a raise, research what your title pays relative to your area. Pull relevant data you can use to illustrate how successful you have been in your role. Can you illustrate how much money you’ve saved the company?
A common mistake people make, especially recent grads, is asking for a raise based on need. This is a poor strategy. Companies won’t feel responsible for your inability to meet your own financial obligations. Raises are merit-based, and you need to show them merit to get what you think you deserve.
Take on more responsibility
In the world of accounting, there’s a lot of value in wearing multiple hats. Someone who can perform beyond their own job description is by nature more valuable to the company, especially a small business that can’t afford to hire someone for every specific accounting function.
If your request for a raise wasn’t successful, or if you’re trying to build a better case for one, taking on more responsibility is a good strategy to immediately feel more valuable.
You’ll also earn vital experience, which is critical to the next solution.
Take another job offer
Another common mistake new grads make is thinking they must be loyal to their employer, but loyalty is sometimes a bad way to get paid. The reality is that if you’re feeling undervalued, your employer is at fault.
Payscale’s 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report (CBPR) revealed that money was one of two primary reasons people quit their job.
And it makes sense. Many annual raises are one to three percent, if even that.
Whether by pay or by recognition, no employee who is truly valued should feel like they aren’t. If you’re beginning to feel undervalued at your job, contact us. We will bring you the jobs you want to hear about while you live your life.