It feels good to gain the respect of your peers and co-workers. There’s something energizing about getting a pat on the back and acknowledgement for a job well done. However, there are some employees that have a tendency to be overlooked. They work quietly in the shadows while others get the praise, promotions, and respect. If you’re one of those hard workers toiling behind the scenes, we salute you. We know how hard it is. Here are three types of employees who don’t get enough respect at work. Are you one of them?
The team player
If you’re a team player, good for you. You readily help teammates in need and you get the job done. However, not everyone will see it that way. While it’s generally seen as a good thing to be a team player, there’s also a dark side. Team players are often so good at helping out that it’s expected of them after a while. Over time, you may not get the respect you deserve because your actions won’t be seen as anything special. And the times when you don’t help out, maybe because you’re tired or really busy, your office mates will be so used to you coming to the rescue that you run the risk of being seen as the villain. This is why being a good team player can become a double-edged sword. We’re not saying you shouldn’t help out, but don’t be surprised if your co-workers expect you to always take one for the team.
The work martyr
If you’re a work martyr, you most likely mean well. You stay late, sacrifice your vacations, work through lunch, and consistently go above and beyond for your boss as well as your co-workers. You give and give. The only problem is you don’t know how to stop giving. It’s in your blood and it’s hard to hold back when that familiar feeling of generosity starts coursing through your veins. When it comes to work martyrs, employers tend to act like a child with a new toy. You know the story: At first the child is oohing and aahing over the shiny, new toy. The child appreciates all that it can do. But after a few days or months the child begins to take the toy for granted. Once the novelty wears off, the toy gets tossed to the side.
While you might mean well and truly care about the health of your organization, you’re only hurting yourself by giving too much away. The worst part is, no matter how much you give, you could still be fired. There’s no such thing as job stability anymore, and many employers these days see a work martyr as more of a liability than an asset. You’re most likely tired, overworked, and prone to mistakes. Would you want someone like that working for you? Probably not; especially if you’re working on a project where details matter. So stop overworking and try to find some balance by using all of your paid time off and spending time your family at home instead of checking emails.
The speed racer
You are the office dream. You know how to get your work done fast and right. As soon as you get a new assignment, you don’t waste any time. You’re on it and you deliver excellent work not just on time, but ahead of time. You know you’re good at your job and you take pride in your work. Unfortunately, getting your work done faster than everyone usually means — that’s right — more work. Most of the time your passion and speed are rewarded with a pile of assignments that usually takes late nights and weekends to stay ahead of. If you want more respect and appreciation at work, you’ll need to say something once your plate starts getting too full. It’s OK to say ‘no’ every now and then if you’ve got more than you can handle.