Is your Work Overlooked?

Employment LawAmy Levin-Epstein contributed an article to CBS MoneyWatch entitled, Help! My work goes unnoticed at the office.

This article resonated with me because I know there are some team members that feel invisible at work. They feel that team leaders don’t know or recognize what they do, or how well they do it. Some team members go above and beyond, but never get acknowledged for it. Then, there are those that deliver less successful and fewer contributions but are praised and rewarded by the leadership.

Here are four techniques for team members to raise their profiles and visibility at work. If you wish you can read the original article here.

Louise Kusmark, founder of Best Impressions Careers Services says, generally, “more women than men experience this situation, because women typically are less comfortable blowing their own horn.” When you take a job, it may be helpful to ask your team leader, “How would you like me to keep you informed?” Perhaps a short weekly update meeting, regular email exchanges that show progress toward goals from week to week. In this way you can ensure that you are doing the right things that are important to your team leader while also reporting on your accomplishments.

Susan Whitcomb, founder of Leadership Coach Academy says that when you work late at night when perhaps no one is there, copy your boss or other teammates, as appropriate, by email. This prevents others from taking credit for your work. As appropriate, ask your team leader if you can personally and directly share a report on your portion of the work on a particular task or project. Make sure that you include your name when sharing an innovative idea, and copy others by email.

Caroline Ceniza-Levine, partner with SixFigureStart says, if you are doing a good job but still getting overlooked, then your good works are not getting back to your boss. This is when you’ll also need to ask for a meeting and share the commendation emails or specific achievements. Don’t resent your boss for overlooking you. Tell him or her exactly what you have accomplished. Confirm with your boss how often you can expect feedback and how she or he likes to be updated.

Tracy Brisson founder of The Opportunities Project, says make sure your peers and members of other teams know when you hit milestones and are achieving recognizable results. People often forget what great allies your peers can be for telling your story within the company. Be accountable for your own PR and find ways to give updates with positive metrics in emails and informal communications. If you are being overlooked, it may be because you are forgetting your own work mission.

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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