Let us be honest we have all felt that little twinge of envy when we hear others get complimented for a job well done. Especially when we have done or are in the process of doing the very same job the other person is getting praised for. It is a natural response that most people get over within a few moments when they realize it is nothing personal towards them. Just because one person gets a compliment does not mean you are not doing a great job. It could simply mean the complimentor simply does not know you.
Truly it could be any number of reasons you go unnoticed. For example, do you stay quiet about projects that you are working on? How will the higher ups know who to praise if they do not know whose working on a particular project? By no means do I want you to run around the office shouting out, “Hey I’m working on xyz project!” Just happen to mention it in casual conversation every now and again. Also make sure everyone involved has you as a point of contact and make sure you meet regularly to get updates and follow up on any request in a timely manner. If you do not take charge when you head up a project a natural leader will emerge, and that person will get all your praises even if they do minimal work.
Here is another thought, one you possibly do not want to hear. Ask yourself, “Am I really doing my best work? Could I be doing better?” Let’s face it, I do not know anyone who was at full function during this pandemic. I can not even honestly say I was doing my best. If you are anything like me, you were functioning at half mass and you are beyond the realm of stressed out. You could be struggling with any number of issues from illness to unemployment. I do not know about you, but this has been some of the worst years of my life. I digress I do see the light at the end of the tunnel. I just wish the tunnel was much shorter.
As far as coping skills, well mine are not really that healthy. I will say that a bag of brown brittle really helps get me back in a good mood. Who knew brownies could be turned into a bag of chips? I bless the day that bag of chips landed in my hands. See there look I just sang the praises of brownie brittle I do not see my grape soda getting upset. You have wonderful rest of your day, and don’t forget to check out the store.