Sometimes, even in the job of our dreams, we can still feel burnout, underpaid, and undervalued. No matter how much you love what you do, always make sure to keep an eye out, to make sure that you are not exploited, even at your dream job!
Feeling Tired And Stressed
There are times when work becomes challenging and stressful, and that’s okay. Sometimes, a project needs completion quickly. However, constant stress, burnout, and tiredness are a terrible sign. For constantly-on workers, there can be no time to rest, let alone to spend with family or friends. So, before you drive themselves crazy with tasks because of the rushed goal or unrealistic standards, talk to your manager about your schedule.
“Own what you can own. If there’s something that’s frustrating you, say it. I like using the SBI model — situation, behavior, impact — when providing feedback. Make sure you document your conversations by following up in the email. If your attempts don’t get you anywhere, speak to someone in HR. If that feels intimidating — which I hope it doesn’t — talk to another leader that you trust,” said Mari Hegyi, senior people team manager at Limeade.
Of course, some of the biggest red flags at any workplace are payment issues. While some might let it slide at a dream job, don’t! It’s a clear sign you’re being exploited! Of course, the best way to handle this situation begins with reading up on the laws governing your employer and your legal rights as an employee. For example, one rule states that being paid later than 30 days is a labor law violation. If your employer is breaking the law, discuss the matter with multiple sources immediately, including both your manager and a lawyer.
While not illegal, you might also find ourself underpaid. “If you’re in a situation where the work continues to pile on with little to no recognition, it’s time to reassess. It’s certainly an opportunity to negotiate for additional salary, bonus, flex time — whatever is most important to you. Like with any negotiation, it’s important to have your ducks in a row — be able to document the additional work you’ve taken on and be ready to defend why you think it warrants what you are asking for,” commented Julia Kanouse, CEO of Illinois Technology Association.
Lack Of Communication
Sometimes, worker exploitation can occur in more subtle forms, like bad communication or flat out manipulation. And, if a new worker does not know their role yet, the risk for manipulation rises. “Understanding their role in the big picture and where both the routine and non-routine activities make a difference,” said INAP CIO Jeff Atkinson. There should be a nice balance between tasks and engagement activities, which can bring employees together and make a team.
On the manager side, leaders need to keep an eye on all problems and solve issues with communication. “Be in tune with your teams and ensure all staff members have a channel for fairly voicing their opinions about roles, procedures, and operations,” Atkinson added.
Still having issues, even at your dream job? Before quitting, try approaching the particular person who can fix your problem. By understanding more about the coworker, manager, or CEO, interactions will be easier as well.