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How to Deal with a Hostile Working Environment or Being Undervalued.

02/24/2015

This is something that seems to be happening more and more with people I care about. You’d think that these two things – a hostile working environment and being an undervalued employee – are very different, but really they aren’t. In either case, the same methods work for both situations.

Quit. Seriously, if you are a valuable employee who has spent years in a position doing more than your job description dictates and they have not promoted you or given you a raise, then why the heck are you still there? If you deal with a boss who blames you for all of his/her mistakes and you always feel on the verge of being fired, then why are you still there? Find another job and go there. Fast!

Can’t do that? This the only option you have until you are able to find something better? It happens a lot. I’ve noticed that most people who work in unsatisfactory jobs and situations tend not to leave because they really have a sense of loyalty and dedication to that job, and they fear what will happen when they leave. I get it. Please realize that you really are completely replaceable, and you leaving may just be the kick in the pants somebody at your job needs to realize how ridiculous everything is. Not likely, but possible.

But really what it comes down to is doing what is best for you. If you can’t leave, then I recommend keeping a log. If you are undervalued, I recommend keeping a log of daily duties and little extras that you perform. Find a way to record how productive you are, situations where you shine, That way, when you go in and ask for your raise or promotion you have actual evidence to present. “You need me – here is why.” Keep emotion out of your presentation, it’s just like writing a letter, and at the end of the presentation ask your manager what you can do to improve. You are showing you are a good employee already and you are asking what more you can do to become even better – showing extra dedication and a positive attitude. You embed yourself in your boss’s memory, and they will think of you the next time a position opens.

If you are in a hostile working environment, though, keeping a log of incidents and infractions committed by your boss or coworker can go a long way if things go south. Are you getting written up for something you didn’t do? Good thing you have a record of this event so you know what really happened so you can rebut it! Are you and several of your coworkers filing a grievance? Isn’t it awesome that you have a log recording the pattern of behavior to fall back on? Logging incidents offers an extra layer of protection that you can pull out whenever things get particularly nasty.

And, if things get really bad and obviously will not get better, then you really do need to quit. Seriously. Why put yourself through such misery?

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