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I have gone through a roller coaster ride... and I can’t make any sense of why I shouldn’t be promoted or at least recognized for my efforts...
I joined my organization a year ago. This is my first job out of university.
I have received
no appreciation for my efforts and hard work and I have been relegated
to the background. One of my teammates who joined 5 months after me
has been promoted to supervisor. They have pretty much given him my
job without the extra work load and I am back to what I first started
doing. My manager resigned a few months ago and now I have a new manager
who isn’t very supportive and is quick at pointing fingers at
me when something goes wrong (knowing that it has happened before)
even if I am not to blame. I really don’t have any sort of relationship
with my current new manager because I am scared of opening up to her.
Down and Ready to Quit
Dear Let Down and Ready to Quit,
Entering the workforce for the very first time can be tough. Although this experience has been challenging, you can take a few valuable lessons from it that will help you in future positions.
The transition from an academic setting to 'the real world' of work can be daunting. Getting a new job, at any stage, is exciting yet pretty confusing because there the rules are different. It takes time and effort to figure things out and begin to feel confident in your abilities and part of the culture.
Next time, concentrate on discovering the organizational culture, i.e. the unspoken rules on how to get things done and the best ways to be recognized for your hard work. Seek out several friendly people who seem knowledgeable and ask questions like:
You'll be more successful if you know the rules of engagement.
Regarding your relationship with your current new boss, I have a question for you. You say you're afraid of opening up to your new manager. How will things change for the better if you don't open up and talk with her? Beginning a dialogue with your boss might signal to her that you are a team player who takes initiative to find solutions.
You asked why you weren't promoted or recognized for your hard work. While I don't have all the facts, I do know that employees often believe that simply being a hard worker will bring rewards. Sadly, it isn't enough. A course or book about 'personal branding' like Make a Name for Yourself: Eight Steps Every Woman Needs to Create a Brand for Success will give you tips and strategies for sharing your accomplishments in a professional way that can lead to new opportunities.
Thanks for writing to Office-Politics. Best wishes for a bright future.
Dina Beach Lynch, JD
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