Undervalued at Work? Take This Quiz Now!

2018-11-06T14:09:35+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Manage Your Career|0 Comments

So, so much research has been done to help managers figure out how to engage and retain their best employees. And in the end, it boils down to a company’s ability to deliver on four core needs. If you feel undervalued at work, it’s very likely that one or more of these core needs isn’t being met.

The four needs are:

1.  Physical Needs: opportunities to regularly renew and recharge without recrimination, like stretching your legs, distracting your brain and eating when hungry.

2.  Emotional Needs: being acknowledged for your individual contribution, whether it’s a pat on the back or a team celebration.

3.  Mental Needs: the ability to become so fully engrossed in your work that time flies. This category also includes making your own decisions about how and when you’ll get your work done, and being trusted to do so.

4.  Spiritual Needs: on-going opportunities to do more of what you do best and enjoy the most, which makes work feel meaningful and worthwhile.

 

The more organizations support employees in meeting these core needs, the more likely you’ll feel engaged. And it’s impossible to feel engaged and undervalued at work at the same time.

In fact, one recent study of engagement found that companies with highly engaged employees are 22% more profitable, have 10% higher customer satisfaction ratings and 48% fewer safety incidents. Clearly, the way people feel at work profoundly influences how they perform.

 

Are You Undervalued at Work?

Take this quiz to see exactly how well your workplace is meeting your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs, then learn what you can do about it.

Circle the letter next to the word that describes how often you experience each statement in your workplace:

 

1.  The day flies by at work.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

2.   I work a 40 – 50-hour work week.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

3.   My boss respects my evenings and weekends as non-work, personal time.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

4.   My boss actively solicits my thoughts, ideas and opinions.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

5.   My boss mentors me so I can grow in my career.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

6.   I have access to the training, technology and knowledge I need to succeed.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

7.   I receive fair and competitive compensation for the work I do.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

8.   I can work flexible hours and remotely when the need arises.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

9.   My performance reviews are a balanced and fair assessment of my contribution.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

10.  My boss celebrates project milestones and successes with the team.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

 

You’re Halfway…

11.  Management celebrates company successes with employees.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

12.  It’s okay to make a mistake. And when I do, my boss gives me constructive feedback on how to fix it.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

13.  My boss trusts me to do my job well without having to look over my shoulder.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

14.  My boss shares my successes with his boss and peers. He advocates for me.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

15.  My boss shows interest in me as an individual, not just as an employee.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

16.  I’m able to give all my work responsibilities to someone else when I go on vacation. I’m free and clear to enjoy myself.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

17.  My boss seeks out assignments for me that align with my interests and skills.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

18.  My boss isn’t watching me. I can take breaks as I need them.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

19.  I don’t feel overwhelmed. I can relax into working on one task at a time.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

20.  I eat lunch away from my desk.

     a.  Rarely

     b.  Sometimes

     c.  Often

     d.  Just about always

 

Add It Up

Give yourself 4 points for every “a” answer, 3 points for every “b” answer, 2 points for every “c” answer and 1 point for every “d” answer. Then add it up.

If Your Total is Less than 30

You work for a rare employer who is aware and willing to meet the vast majority of your core needs. If you feel undervalued at work, look at whether your industry or role is a good match for you. It’s not likely your employer.

If Your Total is 31 – 49

Sure, things aren’t perfect but very likely most of the time you cruise along pretty happily. Difficult moments stick out, making them more memorable. But you’re in the enviable position of likely being able to approach your boss with your ideas on how to make your workplace even better.

If Your Total is 50 – 69

You’re likely feeling undervalued at work much of the time. Before you update your resume though, look back over the past six months. Have things been getting better or worse at work? Does management acknowledge there’s a problem? Have new executives been hired to turn around morale and productivity?

The reason these questions are important is because employees who ride out the rough times are often the first to get promotions and plum assignments when the company turns around. But it’s only worth waiting it out if you can see real progress that things are moving in the right direction, and at a sustainable pace that you personally can endure. If not, it’s time to update your resume.

If Your Total is Over 70

Give notice today and don’t look back! Trust that even if you have to sleep on a friend’s couch for a while, things will sort themselves out. You’re in a toxic work environment where employers aren’t interested in your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. And this inflicts damage to your sense of self. Take some time to recover before you start your job search, and vow you’ll never allow an employer to treat you this poorly again.

 

Conclusion

Your employer’s ability to meet employees’ basic human needs defines whether you’ll feel valued or undervalued at work. Let this quiz lead you towards noticing whether your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs are being met at work. And if they aren’t, it’s time to leave.