How to Get Recognition at Work

How to Get Recognition at Work
Sometimes, even when you consistently work hard, people can often overlook your efforts. You might have helped a colleague in a difficult project, presented a successful proposal, or came up with a great idea and yet you received no praise, appreciation, or recognition for your hard work.

We've all been there at some point. You might have considered talking to your supervisor about it. But the problem is, it's very disappointing when you have to ask for recognition yourself. It might seem like you're whining or being too proud of yourself if you make a direct request.

Recognition is supposed to be sincere — but how can we get the recognition we deserve at work without demanding it?

Why Should We Strive on Getting Noticed at Work?

If colleagues overlooked your hard work, you might lost the opportunities to be considered for new projects, responsibilities, awards, and worse, promotions.

Here are some tips and strategies we can do to get noticed in our workplace, and I'm sharing it with you today.
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Start with yourself: Be confident

Sometimes, we don't get recognition because we are too shy to acknowledge our achievements or show off our skills. Know your abilities, so when there's an opportunity to prove yourself, grab it.

Praise and appreciate your colleagues

Most employees think they are unappreciated at work which can negatively impact their performance and behavior. So, the next time you see colleagues or team mates who put an extra effort at work, let them know that you appreciate their hard work, give them a pat on the back, and thank them for a job well done.

Remember: It can start with you. Spread the value of appreciation and encourage others to have the same attitude.

Communicate with your boss

Take note of your accomplishments and share it with your boss during your regular performance reviews or coaching sessions. Initiate your conversation by mentioning your recent achievements and asking your boss for further advice or feedback regarding those efforts.

Share what you achieved

Take time to join a coffee or lunch time with some co-workers and start a conversation. Ask about their experiences so you can also open up and share your recent achievements. That way, more people will know about your hard work.

Kindly accept compliments

When you are recognized, even for small things, always accept the praise and say thank you.

Use 'formal recognition tools'

If your company or organization has an existing award system (example, you can nominate an employee of the month), actively participate in it.

Take additional responsibilities when possible

You don't need to overworked yourself, but if there are new projects, tasks, or a role that will help you improve (or showcase) your skills, take advantage of it. While you do this, make sure that you still give your best in your main job.

Get involved with your organization's events

Spend time talking to co-workers and participate in events to build networks and be more visible to other people within your organization.

Recognized or not, I believe we should always give our best shot at work, not only for recognition, but for self-improvement and career growth. They might not shower you with awards, but you will learn enough knowledge and experience to level up yourself and your career, in or outside your current organization.

So always stay positive!