One of my clients changed her role within the organization 4 months back. She came to our last meeting beaming from ear to ear. She shared that her new boss complimented her for constantly pushing boundaries. But she was happier because her old boss had reached out to thank her for her contribution in the previous role and expressed amazement at how much she used to handle. He had to bring in 2.5 people to take care of all that she used to manage by herself. 

One of the reasons my client opted to leave the team was that she felt unappreciated despite working hard. Her excellent work was rewarded with more work, but there was never any acknowledgment of her efforts.

My client is smart and sincere, goes the extra mile, and delivers more than expected. She is also from the school of thought which believes that she should focus on her work and that her accomplishments will speak for themselves. 

We know that accomplishments do not speak for themselves. Research* tells that – 

  • 82% of people do not share their achievements even with their family members because they do not want to be seen as bragging. 
  • 1 in 2 employees feel their boss ensures they get the credit for their work. 

The result is frustration and disengagement. My client found herself a new team. Many professionals quit to join other organizations. 

Do you see yourself in this story? Have you changed teams/quit jobs because you felt unappreciated?

You know, this is not a solution. What is the guarantee that your next boss will be more mindful, invested, present, and generous?

You need to get comfortable shining the spotlight on your work. It is important to acknowledge your accomplishments and share them with others because – 

  • You cannot depend on others to notice and acknowledge your work. Research* shows that 1 in 2 employees feel their boss ensures they get credit for their work. 
  • When you share your accomplishments, you come across as an engaged and ambitious employee who takes pride in their work. 
  • Acknowledging your work makes you feel confident and motivated to achieve more. It combats the brain’s negativity bias and is good for your well-being.
  • You may inspire others with your stories of accomplishments. 

My client has ~20 years of work experience. She is an SME and an individual contributor. She gets things done by colleagues at all levels worldwide. She has a high degree of influence and manages to bring people together and move proverbial mountains. We are partnering to get her to feel comfortable sharing her achievements. She has made significant strides. I look forward to seeing her smile and shine more and more!!

*Research borrowed from IAmRemarkable workshop.

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