Appreciation and Recognition Required!


A part of our human nature is the need to be acknowledged and to belong. Humans desire to be connected and recognized. In fact, it is essential to healthy development.

This doesn’t just apply to our personal lives. Employees perform better and remain employed longer in companies where they feel appreciated. What about you? Do you feel undervalued or unappreciated in your job or do you feel like you are seen, heard, and respected?

Let’s take a walk down memory lane. In your current position:

  • Have you been ignored when you introduce ideas?
  • Have been interrupted as you shared recommendations?
  • Have you been silenced as someone else takes credit for your work?
  • Have you been overworked and your talents misused?
  • Have you been criticized when you advocate for yourself or your colleagues?
  • Have you been passed over for a special project or promotion?

Micromanagement, disrespect, and intimidation are unacceptable. Exclusion from profitable initiatives and growth opportunities and denial of needed resources can make your question your abilities. A toxic workplace can shake your confidence. Never  believe that you deserve to be ignored or mistreated. You deserve to feel valued and be recognized for your contributions. If your current company doesn’t appreciate you, you have options.

Speak Up – Advocate for yourself by asking for what you need, highlighting your contributions, and validating your own brilliance.

Get Up – Your productivity, confidence, and morale suffer when you don’t receive the recognition and support that you need and deserve. Take an honest assessment of your current needs, expectations, and abilities. Take an honest assessment of the treatment you receive and the opportunities available to you. Be brave enough to be truthful. Stop settling for less and begin your job search.

Go where you are appreciated and not tolerated! If you are ready to go after everything you desire but need help negotiating your salary, developing your career goals, implementing a career development strategy, or holding yourself accountable as you pursue your career goals, connect with me.

I’m excited to provide the career resources and support that you need to take your career, and your salary, to the next level. Let’s get started with a Career Activation Strategy Session.

Nicki Sanders, MSW, CEO, is a Career and Empowerment Strategist who helps high-performing women of color in management go from overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated to energized, well paid, and appreciated. Through Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, she also helps businesses recruit, hire, train, and retain great employees. Nicki has an extensive background in developing and managing successful programs and leading high-functioning multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life she loves. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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