Top Ways to Stay Motivated at Work When You Don’t Feel Appreciated.
According to a Gallup Poll of American workers, 65 percent of people report feeling a lack of appreciation at work. And that feeling leads to negativity, low morale, and decreased productivity.
So, if you feel underappreciated, at least you aren’t alone. But with that being said, here are some practical things you can do to avoid wallowing in despair and stay motivated.
1. Focus on Small Victories.
We’ve all had those days where nothing seems to go our way.
The printer jams right before a big meeting. A client won’t call you back. You spill coffee on your white shirt. Your boss recognizes someone else for something you actually did.
“On days like this, it can sometimes help to look for small victories,” marketer Matt Keener advises. “For example, let’s say you really need to get started on a big presentation. It’s due by the close of business, but you just can’t get moving on it. Rather than staring at a blank presentation deck for thirty minutes, put the project aside and find something ‘bite-sized’ to do.”
When you look for small victories, you force your brain to stop automatically focusing on negative stimuli. This counteracts the negativity bias and helps you be more aware of the positive things that are happening.
2. Motivate Yourself With Goals.
The wonderful thing about being human is that you have the capacity to set your own goals and find joy in accomplishing them. In fact, you can foster self-appreciation.
Since you don’t get a ton of positive feedback from your superiors, you may have to set your own goals and track your progress.
“If that motivation comes from seeing how your work makes a difference, create a visual representation of that,” entrepreneur John Boitnott suggests. “If you answer calls on a customer support line, keep charts of the number of tickets you close each week. If you process payments for your employer, track the improvements you’ve made in getting suppliers paid from one month to the next.”
When you do this, you’re able to create internal motivation. While this can’t fully replace positive encouragement from superiors, it serves as a small consolation to keep you going during desolate times.
3. Exercise Before Work.
Sometimes the best source of motivation comes from outside the office. Specifically, there’s a lot to be gained from working out in the morning before you go to work. Whether it’s a CrossFit session at a nearby gym or a jog around the neighborhood, doing some physical activity will help you feel better about who you are, which only reinforces mental fortitude.
If you do choose to work out before work, make sure you create a tangible log of your progress. Ideally, you should keep this log in your office in a visible place. When you’re feeling defeated and don’t have any motivation, take a glance at the log and make a note of how well you’re doing in this area. You should be able to transfer some of those positive feelings back into your work for the day.
4. Recognize the Significance of Your Work.
A lot of people feel underappreciated and lack motivation because they fail to see the significance of their work. While it’s ultimately up to your boss to convey this significance, you may have to do your own reflection if you aren’t getting any support in this area.
At first, you may think a certain task is useless, but dig deep. You aren’t just making a sales call. You’re making a sales call in order to sell a product that will provide value for someone else’s business. Should they purchase the product, it’ll help them grow their business and support their family. It’ll also add to your company’s bottom line, which will lead to growth and new opportunities for you and your co-workers.
See how thinking through something as simple as a sales call can help you fully appreciate the value of your work? It’s something fairly easy that you can do with just about any task or objective.
5. Speak Up.
Sometimes the fact that you feel underappreciated goes totally unnoticed by your boss. They may be so busy that they don’t realize you’re feeling this way. If you suspect this may be the case, don’t be afraid to speak up.
You don’t want to come across as a whiney child, so be strategic in how you approach the conversation. Explain that you sometimes feel you aren’t living up to expectations and discuss some ways in which you can be motivated to continue being successful. If nothing else, this lets your boss know where you stand.
1 – he showed his appreciation: gratitude, thanks, gratefulness, thankfulness, recognition, sense of obligation. ANTONYMS ingratitude.
2 – her appreciation of literature: valuing, treasuring, admiration, respect, regard, esteem, high opinion.
3 – an appreciation of the difficulties involved: acknowledgment, recognition, realization, knowledge, awareness, consciousness, understanding, comprehension. ANTONYMS unawareness.
4 – a critical appreciation of the professor’s work: review, critique, criticism, critical analysis, assessment, evaluation, judgment, rating.