Jeff has worked in the same position, for the same boss in the same company for 12 years. During all this time Jeff has both witnessed and been a part of many changes within the company; however, one thing has remained consistent Jeff’s opinion has rarely been heard and never used. Jeff assumed his 1st level management position gives him very little authority and therefore his ideas would add little value too.
This scenario happens frequently within companies. Who is at fault? Does the fault lye with the Leadership because they fail to encourage employees at all levels to provide input or is it the responsibility of the employee to step up and make sure they are heard?
The Leaders never rejected anyone from any level putting their opinion out there to be heard; however, they never provided an appropriate platform for employees to provide their thoughts and ideas. Should they bother? The Leaders knew Jeff was a hard and great worker, but what they were unaware of is that Jeff was incredibility creative in solving problems. His experience with the company combined with his natural creative abilities became a powerful asset in his management role. In fact, Jeff’s boss was content with his work. He knew he could count on Jeff in his role and consequently never “checked in” with Jeff. The only people aware of Jeff’s “talent”, was his own employees.
Although some responsibility lies with the company, the one who was in a position to change this scenario was Jeff. Jeff should have been more confident in himself and what he had to offer. The Leaders probably would have appreciated his ideas.
If you are not being noticed; if your hard work is going undetected; if you feel you have more to offer but find yourself taking a back seat…..it’s time for a change. What can you do?
- Acquire some Self-Confidence
- Speak up in Meetings
- Meet with your boss or other Leaders to express your ideas
- Send a Memo to your Boss and copy his Boss describing something that is working great in your department and what you did to make that happen.
- Help put a platform for employees to share their ideas and thoughts…use it!
- Be Professional
- Remain Confident!
If you are Leader reach out to your employees at all levels, they may have a prospective, one you haven’t thought of. If you are not at the top of the business tower and not being heard from those above, make a change today!