Are you given ALL the credit you deserve?

Philippines
May 27, 2012 9:27pm CST
As an employee, there are times when I feel that I am giving more than what I am asked of. I love doing that. It's for the benefit of our department and our students. In everything I do, I always make sure I walk the extra mile. There are instances when people close to me would ask if I am even given the credit I deserve for all the work I do. Sometimes I tell them that I may not get the promotion or increase in pay (promotion and increase in pay is not the same in the academe as in other industries..) that they are probably thinking of (and I am wishing for..) but my rewards and happiness come in different forms. However, there are also times when I sit down and think about it. "Do I get all the credit I deserve? Or am I shortchanged?" Do you sometimes feel this too? I would like to learn from your experiences too.
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11 responses
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
28 May 12
dolce I use to think like that when I was en employee of a Bank-- why I was not given promotion etc. Now no more tension - i am only a freelance teacher - now also we compare us with others -- and find how we are rated by students and others. Comparison is a continuous process and it will go on till the end. Because I am 60+ I have started feeling that "we get what we deserve".
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• Philippines
28 May 12
right
@bulastika (5967)
• Philippines
29 May 12
Theirs two reasons for us to get some credit to the things we do. One is PR and the other one is performance. Lets face it. Do you think you can get promotion if you don't know how to interact with your boss and co-employee? Doing your job is just half way of it.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
29 May 12
bulastika fine your point is right. Performance coupled with good PR is necessary to get promotions. After all are human and partly subjective. We like certain people, certain places, certain customs and these influence our decision making.
@asdomencil (4276)
• Philippines
28 May 12
Sometimes, I feel the same way too. Giving you the credit is not just for the increase in salary but having been recognized for the good things you did in your work will really means a lot. Soemtimes, I just keep on thinking that there will be a time that I will also get those credits for the good job I done. In your case as educator, knowing that students really learn a lot from you will be a great credit. It cannot be compared to the amount of money given. Good day!
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• Philippines
28 May 12
The very reward I feel proud of most is the fact that students learn much from me and that they come back even after years and tell me how successful they are in their chosen endeavors.
• Philippines
28 May 12
Yes, it is realy a great feeling when your former students visit you and told you how successful they are because of the knowledge you given them. That's the best credit you can have. According to the saying: "The true measure of leadership is when the leader can produce another leader."
@peavey (16855)
• United States
28 May 12
I'm not an employee as such, but I do contract work for one business where I never feel appreciated for what I do. I try to do more than is asked, but they never seem to think it's enough or good enough. If I didn't need the money right now, I'd drop that contract. It's a discouraging situation.
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• Philippines
28 May 12
Yes, it can really be demoralizing when you give your all then you do not feel appreciated.. I hope things will get better for you peavey!
@peavey (16855)
• United States
28 May 12
Thank you. I think it helps to remind ourselves that we are satisfied with what we do, regardless of what others think.
• Australia
28 May 12
In an employee/employer relationship, you are often expected to give your very best and more with little appreciation showed in return. But as has been my experience, like you having done more than your fair share of the work and always striving to do more, you may find that you are noticed by the employer whether he shows his appreciation or not... I have found ones like you who show more effort and diligence in bettering the company you work for are always the ones at the top of the list for any promotions that are due... So yes even though it may seem you are not appreciated, you can be assured your diligence and effort are appreciated by the employers... Unless they are totally ignorant, but thats a different case to what you are talking about here.
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• Philippines
28 May 12
Wow! You made me feel really good tajara2008! Thanks!
• Australia
28 May 12
you are welcome. :)
@loveshop (127)
• Turkey
29 May 12
You have a good determination and very good staff. Your company should see your kindness, ability to work hard and work out the box. You should get the rewards fro your company. But dear, if your company does not reward or giving credit at what you do extra mile, please don't be sad or downgrade. What you get from your experience and hard work is the best reward for you to search job at other place, update your CV. But before you do this, make sure on the Company Annual Year Staff rewards, so called Bonus, you must prove all what you done in your evaluation. Make them open thier eyes. If not, create the best CV and best of luck for you. I believe all people loves to employ such a hardworking and extra mile girl like you!!!
• Philippines
30 May 12
Thanks... very encouraging!
@amoran3 (33)
• Canada
28 May 12
Hahaha! Do I get all the credit I deserve? That's a joke. I remember I covered the G20 Summit and I was in the middle of the action (tear gas, fires, riots, etc.) and someone else covered the thing by walking through a quiet neighbourhood afterwards. Who get accolades? The one who did nothing. Bah! There is nothing you can do, except laugh about the whole ordeal and make a monologue out of it to your friends.
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• Philippines
30 May 12
...laugh about the whole ordeal and make a monologue out of it to your friends - did this several times already
@laniekins (4585)
• Philippines
29 May 12
I could say I'm not, several times that my Architect officemate and I talked about it. All we can say is were not given the right credit at work, the credits that should be ours most of the time forget or skipped. In times like this that living in our country is tough we really have to survive and we can't find it in our current job, sad to say :(.
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@bulastika (5967)
• Philippines
28 May 12
I don't think I can judge myself base on my performance. As I'm just an employee and I must impress my employer not demand credits that I think deserve me. Because even if I thought I deserve some credits if my employer think other way around we must respect it.
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@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
28 May 12
hi dear dolce_vita nothing to learn from my experiences, really. I also walked the extra mile for years at work, and what did I get, more work of course, more and more demands what I have to do but the pay didnt and doesnt increase apart from the small increase everyone gets through the unions work every year. I am so fed up with it that I bitterly complained to my boss a little while ago telling him its just not right. Not when I see that at least two people in the department are paid much more than me, for the same work, and not even getting the most difficult tasks as it should be.
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28 May 12
I think nine out of ten people in the workplace feel like you are feeling from time to time. It is the nature of work that you put a lot in and do not get much, if any thanks, back. I worked as a journalist before giving up work to be a stay at home mum and the good thing about my job was that everything I did was so public. My work was read by many people each week and therefore I was able to get a lot of positive feedback about what I had done. This is a more unique industry to be in in this sense. At the same time I certainly felt I was getting little thanks for all the hard work I was putting in from my employees. I found in the early days I was constantly overlooked for any opportunities or advancements over my male colleagues as reporting is still quite a sexist industry. Luckily I got my time in the end, at another newspaper. I would say you have to weight up whether the lack of thanks you are getting is just the normal level of ingratitude most employees feel in the work place at times or a more serious matter which needs to be addressed. In this case you should speak out.
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@chiyosan (30203)
• Philippines
30 May 12
Oh There are bosses who are not even comfortable telling their people that they did well - maybe they think that they are showing their weakness if they do.. hehe But of course we just have to somehow know our bosses and see what makes them tick. ;) I think for me, i do need the credit i can give to myself and to people who do deserve them... i give it to friends in the office.. and to myself(silently, of course). hehe but as for me people thinking that credits were not duly given to me - i try not to dwell on that.. because i know if i doo my job well, someone will always notice.. you cannot always put a good person down.. we always get up and do better.