The positive impact of being valued in a workplace
If you dislike where you work, but you don’t dislike your job, then maybe it's time to think about where the dissatisfaction stems from. Have you ever wondered that it could be related to the lack of appreciation from your employer? If it is, then maybe it's time you moved on. Research shows that 79 percent of people who quit their jobs specify lack of appreciation as their reason for doing so. This is a statistic I can personally relate to. After several months of being unemployed, I was eager to step back into the workplace. So I didn't think twice about accepting a job, even if that meant going backward in my career. In the past, I have always taken up administrative roles in between jobs to keep myself occupied, particularly because it was a short-term solution. But after several years of service, I decided to quit. I realised that the dissatisfaction was due to the lack of being valued in that organisation, which was sucking all the pleasure out of my personal life too. I worked hard, put in as much overtime as I could but it was never enough. Then I landed my current role at Sellick Partnership on a contract basis. While it meant drifting away from my career aspirations, I decided to take it up on a temporary basis anyway. Within a few months I noticed what a massive difference it made to be a part of an organisation that cared for me and my work. I decided to stay at Sellick Partnership despite knowing that this was going to potentially take me further away from my career path. After almost two years, I can now say that I have made the right choice. Today, I am happier than I ever was even when I was pursuing a career in journalism. And I have no regrets. My employer supports and encourages my growth even if that may not fit into the traditional mould of how this role would have eventually progressed. Even the smallest of tasks I do are appreciated and acknowledged. When I express interest in a particular project, the management supports my interests and nurtures my growth. Science also supports my experience and the fact that being appreciated can increase personal satisfaction. Being rewarded regulates our emotional responses by releasing ‘happy hormones’ such as dopamine which drives the reward system in our brain. Oxytocin is another hormone, which regulates social interaction and allows us to maintain healthy relationships. Serotonin is the hormone that maintains our mood by regulating memory, learning, anxiety, sleep and appetite allowing us to stay focused and remain calm. Our work environment can affect how much of these happy hormones are released, thus allowing us to feel more satisfied in our personal lives. Working in a close-knit and cooperative team, having an appreciative manager and being part of a company that values our opinion can directly have an impact on our overall wellbeing. Most importantly, it can improve our efficiency at work. On average, we spend the majority of our time at work and spending those 40 hours a week in a company that sees you as a number isn’t worth your time. Try to find an employer that will support your growth and value your ideas and ambitions. It may mean that you compromise on a longer commute or a lower pay, but it will be worth it in the long run. At least in my case, it has pushed me to explore my passion for being a voiceover artist, inspiring me to write and experiment with being an entrepreneur in my spare time. For the first time in my life, I have managed to strike a good work/life balance and I have never felt more motivated. A happy employee is a productive one and many employers are now learning to create a culture of appreciation. This is the reason why companies such as Google and Facebook are continuously being ranked as some of the best companies to work for. They keep their employees motivated and focused by offering benefits, career opportunities and generally treat their employees really well. You may not land a job at Google, but you can certainly aspire to work where you are valued as a person and as a professional. If you are interested in joining me and working for a company that truly values you check out Sellick Partnership’s latest vacancies here. Alternatively you can read blogs from my colleagues across the business here.