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Feeling like you’re working your butt off but no one’s even noticing? We put our heart and soul into our work and sometimes it seems like it’s not even appreciated, am I right?

After spending years through school and university we’re used to putting all the time and effort in for grades. We’d sit through tests, exams and hand in assignments all for a percentage grading, that little mark at the end of the day, which signified how good a job we’d done.

Then hello real world. The daunting workplace where there are no grades, no marks, no one to give us a gold star and tell us what a good job we’ve done.

Sometimes we’re not even given a ‘thank you’ for the piece of work we’ve poured our blood, sweat and tears into. Why is that? Am I being forgotten about? Overlooked?

Remind yourself, at the end of the day you’re here to do a job. Warning the following contents might sound harsh: Your company is paying for your time. Getting paid is kinda the recognition for your efforts.

Alsoooo, sometimes there’s simply not enough time during the day for the boss or manager to give that praise (I know, I know, saying ‘thank you’ is only two words but hear me out).

Everyone gets so busy and caught up with their own tasks and activities, it can be all too easy to forget to show that appreciation for a piece of work. I know this from being a manager myself now. #justsaying

However, because you didn’t get thanked or praised, it doesn’t mean the works not appreciated. Look at it this way, at least when you do get the praise, it’s a lot more meaningful. If it was handed out all the time it wouldn’t mean half as much. When you do get it you can relish it.

You’ve also got to figure out what motivates you so you can make this a focus. Is it money, status, people, recognition, all of the above? For those that need the recognition, it’s not a bad thing at all (hey, I’m with you, it’s one of my drivers). We’ve gotta find little ways to manage our own expectations. Let’s avoid that going-home-disappointed-after-a-hard-day-at-work feeling.

It’s tip top important to identify other ways that keep you going. Set your goals and focus on them.

Most importantly, don’t do things for a thank you or for recognition, do them for yourself.

You should be your number one driver. You can celebrate your achievements, rather than relying on others.

Further to this, I’d say it’s super important to make sure your boss is across your wins. Not necessarily for recognition but so they’re across your achievements. I know most of us feel uncomfortable tooting our own horn but you can find subtle ways for them to know what you’re working on and how you’re tracking. Also make sure you keep a record of your achievements so you can pull ‘em out at Salary Review time (woo!).

K, got it?

Remind yourself, you’ve got this. Hold your head high, keep working hard and know that you’re doing it for you.

Laura is the Founder & Editor of The Workher. She is an award winning Public Relations professional, who loves blogging about surviving and thriving in the workplace as a young woman.

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