Staying Upbeat When
Praise is Rare
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More often than not, the higher up the "organizational ladder" you climb,
the less praise you'll receive from your supervisor.
Whether or not you realize it, this can have a profound impact on the way you interact with employees who report to you. Lack of praise, lack
of encouraging feedback and feelings of being taken for granted take their toll on anyone. If you're in this situation, it's up to you to boost your own morale so you can convey that energy to your
How to do that? There are several things you can do.
Look for a mentor. Perhaps a professional colleague or retired person you admire would offer to fill the position.
Hire a coach (many organizations will pay for such professional services, or you could foot the bill yourself ), develop your own support group of colleagues who share the same challenges, keep a journal of
your accomplishments and review it once a day; create a "praise" folder and include complimentary notes or letters from your spouse, employees, coworkers or vendors.
Don't let yourelf succumb to
a negative attitude. It'll only reflect poorly in your job performance and in the performance of your employees.
While managers often feel they should be self-sustaining, everyone needs a "pat on
the back" from time to time. Therefore, it's important to devise your own ways to get helpful support when it's not forthcoming from "higher up."