What value do you place on your work? What value is placed on you? Do you rate yourself or not?
Conversely - What value do you place on others work? What value do you place on others? How do you measure that value and is that measure relevant or accurate?
Here are a few facts of life as far as organisation's go -
- Size matters. The bigger the organisation the less they know about you. What happens is the more layers in an organisation the more removed you will be from the central services.
- Front Line Managers matter! The relationship between you and your direct manager is always the most important relationship you will have. This is true if you are the cleaner all the way through to if you are a Director of the Board. You must work with your boss!
- The HR Department matters! Admitted in most organisations the only time you most people will interact with HR is when they are hired or if they are fired. But it doesn't have to be that way! Go out of yur way to meet the staff and make sure they remember who you are (for the right reasons of course). It pays to make friends and keep them for as long as you can.
- The skills and abilities of your staff matter! Update them! Watch your staff. Learn from them. Be open to having your staff tell you where they think what sklls they need to work on and develop. If you disagree you can help steer them in a better direction. Create an audit or questionaire to work through at appraisal time to help lead and guide your discussions about where peoples skills are at.
- Coaching matters! The best time to coach someone is when they are reflecting and considering their performance. If your manager doesn'tdo this for you - tell them or look for another manager.
People who are paid to do work will do a better job when they feel valued, understood and have the freedom to do what they have to in a way that makes sense to them (while adding value to the organisation).