Do you feel as though your company does not value you as an employee? Does it seem like management does not support its employees by not offering incentives for growth and professional development? Or do you feel as though there is no room for advancement in your company? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from “workplace PMS.” P.M.S. or a Poor Management System is condition that embodies many companies due to economic times, change in company practices, and company personnel.
Workplace PMS is the worst pain to deal with because there is a systematic breakdown within the company that is usually accompanied by more than one symptom. The breakdown begins with management and has a trickle down effect that eventually causes all employees to feel the “aches” and “pains.” Here are some symptoms of workplace PMS:
• unresolved conflicts
• poor communication between management and employees
• lack of support from upper management
• low employee morale
First, you begin to feel inadequate and undervalued, then you begin to despise your job and the people you work with; eventually you feel as though you are just going to work to get a paycheck. If you are having any of these feelings, here are ways to cure workplace PMS and regain control of your worklife.
1. Let your voice be heard.
If you have a suggestion, voice it. If you have an idea on how to improve business practices or department procedures or tasks, tell your supervisor and be sure to put it in writing. Upper management are not the only ones with the ideas, they may be missing something because they cannot see what you see.
2. Show your worthiness.
Ask to work on a new project or volunteer to assist a colleague. Going the extra mile will show the company that you are capable of doing your share and then some. Give 110% and the Return on Investment will be double. Opportunities will arise and you will be regarded as an asset.
3. Remain positive in times of change.
Businesses change policies and procedures constantly. Showing resistance or negativity will make your job harder and ultimately upper management will see it. Keep a positive attitude when changes are implemented, when asked for feedback, give your honest feelings and be tactful, professional, and respectful.
4. Prove to management that their support is important.
If you want to take a course or attend a workshop and management is reluctant to pay for your professional development, outline the value and how it will benefit you as an employee. Provide specific details and objectives that align with the company’s objectives/goals/mission.
Workplace PMS surfaces regularly and stays around for a long time. Being able to effectively deal with a poor management system will make it easier to come to work and do your best. Don’t let workplace PMS control your worklife; you will feel better at the end of the day.
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