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Week Days or Weak Daze

Everyone has bad days, for a variety of reasons. But if you’re noticing a pattern of not wanting to come in to work, not focused while you’re at work, and not caring much about the work you’re producing while you’re there, then you have a problem.

Week Days or Weak Daze?


Everyone has bad days, for a variety of reasons. But if you’re noticing a pattern of not wanting to come in to work, not focused while you’re at work, and not caring much about the work you’re producing while you’re there, then you have a problem.


Of course, recognizing you have a problem usually leads to stress, which compounds the problem, right? It’s okay. We can get through this together. First things first: take a moment to identify if the root of your issue. Is it actually work-related? Or is it personal? If it’s personal, take some time off work to take care of it. Even if it’s ‘crucial’ that you be at work, you’re not doing any of your coworkers any favors by being in attendance but not present.

If it’s work-related, ask yourself what’s going on. Perhaps you already know, but sometimes we don’t take stock of how we’re feeling, or how we’re being affected until much too late. For those of you who don’t know what’s up, ask yourself this: Do you feel valued?


The most common things workers complain about in their jobs are: lack of communication, unfair pay, overworked, micromanaged, under managed, under appreciated and favoritism (not in their favor). At the root of all of these, however, is your perceived value.


Value is a tricky thing. There is the value you feel you bring to the company; there is the value the company sees in you. Then there is the value you think the company sees in you and the value you think the company has for you. I’ll be honest with you: those never line up - at least, not for long.


If you feel as though your company doesn’t value you, ask yourself what you do to show your value to the company? Are you showing it now, whilst you’re in your “weak daze”? If not, you’d better lift yourself up by the bootstraps and show what you can do, before approaching your company about their failure to perceive your value in a manner you feel you deserve.


If you feel as though you are showing up and producing to your fullest potential and you’re still undervalued, it’s time to have a conversation with the right person at your company. Come prepared to not only explain and defend your value, but also the ways in which you would like to be shown your value. This could be verbal accolades, monetary compensation, more responsibilities, more time off, etc. Recognize that your company might think they’re rewarding your value, but it isn’t in the way you would like.


Clearly explaining your value to the company, how you benefit others, the ways in which you’d like to be compensated for that value and how you’ll continue to grow your value in the company will yield far better results than just complaining to HR that ‘no one listens to you’.

And finally, be open to your company’s perspectives. Active listening is a skill, not a gift. Maintaining a big-picture perspective makes a world of difference.


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