by Marli Naidoo
Office practitioners is the nerve centre of the office: They coordinates actions and information by sending out signals. They notices changes and works together with other role-players to react to these changes. Neither the office nor the body can function without this extremely important system.
However, it is not unusual for these workers to feel isolated or unappreciated in their daily task. There is a multitude of small tasks which an office practitioner performs every day to keep everything together, but which aren’t necessarily visible or noticeable, while the more visible tasks are sometimes taken for granted.
Every person needs positive feedback and connection, especially in the workplace where we spend most of our time. How can you bring this about for yourself?
Get peer support. One of the best ways to handle negative emotions is to share them. Spend lunchtime with other office practitioners and be committed to listening to each other, and then supporting and encouraging each other. If, however, you work alone in a small business, you can join support groups online.
Remind yourself daily of everything for which you can be grateful: your family, pets, relatives, health. This will help you remain positive.
Make sure that you spend enough time with friends and family after work or during weekends. This will help you to feel socially fulfilled. You could also join a club, or help out as a volunteer at a non-profit organisation.
You might possibly have to discuss your concerns with your boss or employer. There is a big possibility that he has no inkling that you feel unappreciated and isolated. Make notes and have a friend or your spouse look at them and make sure that you aren’t too aggressive or too indirect. Take care not be cross or emotional when you talk to your boss, and be subtle. It would not be wise to demand appreciation. Rather mention that you sometimes feel that your work is not noticed. Mention everything that you as a team do, and ask for feedback instead of praise. A good employer will do his best to take your grievances into consideration and to improve your work situation.
In some cases, the boss is the poison that taints your job, won’t change, and all the discussions in the world will not improve your situation. In such a case it is necessary to be honest with yourself: Can you motivate yourself and stay positive, or is it time to move on?
Executive Secretary Magazine: http://executivesecretary.com/how-to-combat-loneliness/
Fast Company: https://www.fastcompany.com/90309224/what-you-should-do-when-you-feel-unappreciated-at-work
C-suite Assistants: https://csuiteassistants.com/blog/what-to-do-when-you-feel-unappreciated/