This Is the Best Way to Get Your Boss's Attention

Hard work alone doesn't always get the recognition it deserves. If that were true, hierarchies all over would look a lot different than they do. Those who work the hardest may not always know how to ensure they get the credit, though. One advice columnist has a simple, straightforward solution.

Sharmadean Reid writes for the Guardian's Bossing It column. This week, a reader asked about an attention imbalance at work. "While I love my job, I feel undervalued," the reader says. "I don't want to sound petty by waving my hand all the time saying 'I did that,' but how can I get her to recognize what I do?"

Reid's answer? One, that's not petty, and two, make sure your boss knows what it is you do all day. If your manager is like most, they're probably juggling a ton of priorities. It's easy for even the best boss to lose track of an employee, especially if you're doing your work well enough that you don't require much managing. That means you may want to consider ways of making your presence a routine part of their day.

Some teams rely on project management software like Trello or Asana, as well as chat programs like Slack. For a more personal touch, try a daily or weekly memo first thing in the workday. "It needn't be long, just the highlights broken down: what we achieved last week; what I am working on this week; where help is required," Reid says. "Senior people love being asked advice, and getting your boss involved directly in your work, even if it's just a brief comment, fosters collaboration and recognition."