There are few more frustrating situations than feeling unappreciated at work. Stuck in a bad environment for eight or more hours five days a week will weaken self confidence and worse, sabotage work ethic. When these feelings occur, the quality of work suffers. And a decline in quality will likely bring an unwelcome invitation to the boss’ office.
Dealing with an Adverse Work Environment
The first thing an employee should do is to determine the validity of their own thoughts. In some instances, perception is not formed entirely by reality. Rather, it is the product of anecdotal evidence.
In a work environment, paranoia can be a powerful factor as managers, supervisors and co-workers seem to have an inside track on all happenings.
Be objective. Simply put, a person feeling she is the source of every mishap must believe she is working in a complete vacuum. Looking at the quality of other employees’ performance and the result can shed much light on the situation. Being passed-over for a promotion by one employee is normal. Being passed-over for a promotion by several others is not.
Focus on work
There are instances when disinterest in work becomes overwhelming. It might be obvious, when feelings of depression set in. But in many cases, it is far more subtle. Not being able to meet deadlines on a regular basis, chronically arriving late and/or leaving early and being unable to concentrate all are signs of being distracted.
Try disposing of the animosity. Don’t get angry. Instead, attempt to solve the problem at your own level. Speak with person whom you are having the most difficulty. In many cases, a simple misunderstanding is the source of the problem. Other times, it is a clash of personalities. Agreeing to disagree can solve these types of conflicts.
Confront others only when necessary. For employees facing day to day harassment, it might not be enough to ignore what is happening. This is the necessity of a chain-of-command or corporate hierarchy. A boss is not there solely to delegate tasks, he is there to promote a productive work environment. This includes dealing with employee conflict.
For employees facing problems with their boss rather than a co-worker, going above his head is perfectly acceptable. As stated this is the very reason for a business’ pecking order.
Transitioning When Unavoidable
Sadly, there will be instances when going talking it out and/or airing grievances to the corporate brass won’t do the trick. In such a situation, knowing when it’s time to move on can be a real liberator. Take some time to reflect on the pros and cons of staying with the company. Money will always be an issue, so it alone cannot be the deciding factor.
Should it be clear that moving on is the best choice for personal and career reasons, it’s time to dust of the old resume and make relevant changes. Focus on facts and figures. Show accomplishments. Do not list responsibilities. Instead, make it a marketing tool that highlights your strengths.