How to handle a boss who doesn’t notice your hard work

How to cope if your boss doesn't recognise your hard work

Recognition for your hard work is one of the top factors that can make you happy. Yet for some PAs, praise is hard to come by. Online career resource The Muse has outlined five reasons your boss doesn’t notice you and how you can overcome the challenge of receiving gratitude.

Your boss is too busy
You do a lot to take the pressure off your boss, but you know exactly how busy he or she still is. A full schedule leaves little time for ad hoc catch-ups, so it’s up to you to book regular meetings with your exec. You’re much more likely to have his or her full attention if you’re in the diary.

Your boss plays favourites
A good manager will treat all of his or her employees equally, but humans are naturally prone to favouritism. Remember that it’s not always personal. If you’re feeling left out or like your hard work is going under the radar because you’re not connecting with your boss, reach out and re-open the lines of communication by asking for more feedback on your performance.

You and your boss have different ways of working
This is something that often plagues the PA/boss relationship at the start. Everybody has different ways of working, and unfortunately that can sometimes create a barrier between the two of you. Take the initiative and learn how your boss does things so you can work toward a happy medium. Your hard work in that respect can make it easier for your exec to take notice.

Your boss holds a grudge
Have you made a mistake in the past that your boss still holds against you? It’s bad management technique, but it does happen. Be the bigger person and show him or her that you’ve learned your lesson, then focus on the ways you’ve moved past it.

Your boss has given up
Maybe your boss is nearing retirement or is getting ready to jump ship and they’ve completely stopped caring about their current job. In this case, it’s better to just move on and look for ways to get recognition elsewhere, whether it’s with a different executive within the same organisation or at a new company altogether.

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