For the longest time in my career I aimed to be the manager’s suck up.
I so badly wanted to be noticed.
I wanted my hard work to be appreciated.
And I was yearn for even the smallest compliment.
A friend of mine joked about “Just leave 5 minutes after your manager does” and “schedule emails to be send out in the weekend”.
I actually thought this was a great idea and so it happened.
Truth to be told, I was noticed more.
But not necessarily in the best way.
Statements like “You should get yourself a boyfriend Andrea” were made.
But worse, people now started expecting that I will get the job done over the weekend or late in the evening.
And usually it were the shitty jobs nobody wanted.
I created the image that I would drop anything for work.
In my previous post Reliving the youth “trauma” I talk about not giving my full 100% capacity at work.
The remaining 20% is exactly a buffer for the times when a deadline has to be met.
In this way I can make peace with the fact that I would need to stay longer for a couple of days to finish something.
Now I am in a managing role myself.
Sometimes I see emails appearing in the weekend, in the evening and once even at 3 in the night (??)
Now, I’m sure there are managers who are workaholics, but most of them are human like you and me.
So unless there is a personal issue or the turbine is on fire, it’s perfectly fine to use the hours outside work to recharge your battery and let me do the same.
As for thinking you’re not being noticed; it happens more than you imagine.
The best compliment I once got was when I found a badly drawn smiley on a sticky note on my computer.
It was my from my manager, the day after I had worked hard on a presentation to defend a safety point of view we both had.
When the time is right, I will make sure my team mates will have an equally nice memory of me as their team lead.
What is your experience with more than your contact defines?
Have you ever done anything to be noticed by a manager?
What’s the best compliment you’ve gotten by a manager?