There are moments when employees are undervalued and unappreciated. Here are some signs of undervalued employees and ways for companies to address them.
With many companies and offshoring recruitments looking for more people to add to their teams, organizations must make themselves stand out from the rest. This means going above and beyond with employee rights and benefits, such as their benefits, a safe working environment, and growth opportunities.
However, there are instances where employers take their employees for granted. This demotivates them from doing their job better. Apart from that, employees who feel unappreciated and undervalued may resign and look for other job opportunities that value their work.
Here are some signs to know whether you’re being undervalued as an employee and some ways on how organizations can help solve this problem.
Signs That Show You’re an Undervalued Employee
- Superiors taking credit for your work
There have been cases where superiors at work or coworkers have taken credit for an employee’s accomplishments. Because of this, it can be pretty demotivating when you’ve given your best efforts on a project that leads to success, only for it to be left unrecognized.
You may notice a pattern with this situation and start to question why you put in so much time and effort if you don’t receive the recognition you deserve. This may be a clear sign that you are undervalued as an employee.
- Unequal pay
Another sign of being undervalued as an employee is unfair compensation. This includes getting paid less than your coworkers despite handling the same work. In other cases, unequal pay can also mean you have more workload than your colleagues but get paid less.
That being said, there are benefits of discussing your salary with your colleagues. You’ll be able to gauge if you’re being undervalued and help you recognize your value as an employee. On the other end of the spectrum, you can help the less-paid employee evaluate their salary and worth.
- Passed over for promotion
Other than superiors credit-grabbing your achievements, being passed over for employee promotion can be a frustrating experience. While you have been with the company for so long with the right skills and experience needed to step up, they may promote someone else with less experience than you. If this happens often, your company may not see you as an asset to your company.
- No opportunities for career growth
Your company may not provide you with opportunities for growth. Apart from being passed over for promotion, they may give you the same tasks over and over again, preventing you from upskilling or cross-skilling. People fail to realize that they can do more when this happens. Because of this, you may feel like your job doesn’t value or trust your capabilities.
- Ideas are ignored
Another way to see if you are being brushed aside is checking if they hear out your ideas. For example, you are giving your ideas in a monthly meeting about improving operations in your company, and your boss may brush off your ideas. However, another colleague suggests your idea as their own in the next monthly meeting, and your boss praises them.
You could ask your boss why they changed their mind about your idea in this situation. However, if there’s no particular reason why they went with your colleague’s suggestion similar to yours, then it may be a sign of being undervalued.
What Organizations Should Do to Show More Appreciation to Employees
- Acknowledge their contributions
While it’s important to acknowledge the team’s achievements, bosses or managers should recognize an individual’s contribution to the success of a project. Did they go above and beyond for their assigned tasks? What were their achievements that paved the way for the project to succeed?
By recognizing individual accomplishments and contributions, employees will feel appreciated and valued. In turn, this motivates them to continue their job performance or even improve further.
- Bring them out of their comfort zone
When acknowledging employees’ contributions, bringing them out of their comfort zone signifies that they are reliable and their capabilities are needed. Give them challenging tasks rather than the same ones to allow growth in their abilities. This way, employees will have more chances to advance their careers and have more growth opportunities.
- Purpose-driven benefits
Every business has a purpose that caters to different customers. With that, internally practicing the core values and the business’s purpose in employee benefits, such as Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)-aligned benefits and experience, can make them feel heard and valued.
Doing so reinforces the purpose of a business and makes employees feel included in that purpose.
Appreciation Goes a Long Way
Recognizing an employee even in the smallest ways can help prevent employees from feeling undervalued and unappreciated. More than that, making sure that their employee rights are upheld and taken seriously makes them employees feel important and valued in the workplace.
However, if you’re an employee who feels undervalued, there are ways to deal with being undervalued. For example, you can talk one-on-one with your boss and talk about your performance over the past few months. You can ask what you did well and what you need to improve on. This helps put visibility in your work and see what area you have to work on.
Aside from that, you can also recognize the work of your colleagues. Doing so creates a positive environment where employees can feel visible and appreciated. With all these in mind, your company can provide a different experience for employees that makes them heard and appreciated.