Are you getting the recognition you deserve at work?

When Ian Brown penned the lyrics to the Stone Roses’ atmospheric anthem I Wanna Be Adored, he was writing about how some people crave recognition and attention for everything that they do. Although we don’t all have delusions of grandeur or expect to be have lashings of praise thrust upon us for the work that we do, it wouldn’t hurt if our bosses gave us the recognition that we deserve, would it? After all, how often do you stay late at work to ensure that a project is completed on time, never miss a deadline and aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty to successfully finish even the worse jobs yet your boss barely gives any thought to saying “Well done” or “Thank you”?

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When the boss is on holiday: How to cope?

When Gordon Brown took his annual leave he left three senior Cabinet members to take of the country in his absence. It’s a scene oft repeated throughout the UK and none more so than at this time of year as our airports play centre stage for a mass exodus of millions of people escaping in earnest for their summer holiday. As the boss takes time off to recharge their batteries – soaking up the sun while holidaying at some exclusive resort, sipping a glass or two of Château Margaux or some other fine wine considered too valuable for their owners ever to uncork – their deputy steps up to the plate and assumes responsibility for the ensuing two weeks. But while the cat’s away, the mice won’t have too much time to play – especially in today’s ever-increasing no-room-for-error workplace.  Read more of this post

Employees at risk of burn-out

Yesterday I was talking about how a growing number of employers are biding their time and waiting for the ideal candidate to show up at their door before making a hire. Today the findings of a new survey suggest that employees are working harder that they did pre-recession to help get their organisations through these testing times. But there are obvious consequences of this.

The survey conducted by the Hay Group management consultancy found that 65% of UK workers are working unpaid overtime while 30% of all workers report that their organisation is a worse place to work than it was a year ago. And a further 36% claim they are ‘unhappy’ in their work. What these figures illustrate is the perilous state in which we now find ourselves.

Let me explain what I mean.

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