Learning How to Value Yourself in the Workplace
We all have things we need to improve. A healthy understanding of your weak points can help you overcome difficulties, learn from mistakes and improve.
So, if you struggle to value yourself in the workplace, know that you are not alone. Most of us experience limiting beliefs about our worth or competence from time to time. However, persistent limiting beliefs can lead to self-sabotage, preventing you from achieving your goals and diminishing self-esteem.
Working in a toxic environment doesn’t help, as being poorly treated at work makes it harder to value yourself. In addition, an unhealthy work environment can cause you to doubt yourself, damaging your sense of self-esteem.
Learning how to value yourself in the workplace can help improve your sense of self-worth and overcome self-sabotaging thoughts.
Self-Worth and Value in the Workplace
A sense of self-worth or self-esteem involves our perception of our value. Self-worth is how you value yourself and how you feel about yourself.
While healthy self-confidence stems from our skills and knowledge, self-esteem is rooted in positive beliefs and emotions about our worth.
A healthy sense of self-worth involves a realistic awareness of your abilities and personal qualities. It is closely linked to self-compassion and self-acceptance. People with healthy self-esteem are typically perceived as positive and self-assured.
A strong sense of self-worth and belief in own value in the workplace are good predictors of professional success and healthy relationships at work. In addition, healthy self-esteem often improves confidence, helping you believe in your skills, judgments, and qualities.
Also, a sense of self-worth can help identify your strengths and weaknesses and help develop greater autonomy at work. It can help you communicate more successfully, trust your judgment, and make better decisions.
These qualities can make you stand out as a leader, advance your career, and significantly contribute to your team’s and company’s success.
Valuing Yourself, Not the Opinions of Others
Our sense of own worth is not detached from the outside factors such as other people’s opinions of us or our career accomplishments. On the contrary, such external factors strongly influence our self-perception. For example, when others judge you or mistreat you, you may become more self-critical, seeing yourself as imperfect or inadequate.
Such negative self-talk can create distorted thoughts and beliefs about your own self-worth, impacting your feelings, mood, behavior, relationships, and life choices.
Understanding this and learning how to value yourself in the workplace can improve your productivity and satisfaction, relationships with coworkers, and overall wellbeing.
The following tips can remind you how to turn to yourself for validation, not to others:
- Practice affirmations about yourself
- Know the difference between your flaws and worth
- Remind yourself that everyone has flaws
- Mindfully observe your flaws
- Start working on personal development
- Focus on your goals
- Practice gratitude
How to Value Yourself and Recognize Your Achievements
Learning how to value yourself and recognize your achievements can boost your sense of self-worth and increase job performance and satisfaction. Here are some strategies to help you appreciate yourself in the workplace.
Focus on Your Success
Giving yourself a pat on the back for what you have achieved already can help identify and define your value and draw from your inner resources. You can create a digital file or visual board to illustrate your past successes. Looking at this board regularly can motivate you to achieve your goals and boost your sense of self-worth.
Identify Your Weaknesses and Strengths
Identify the weak spots you want to overcome and the qualities you want others to see in you. Once you identify and accept your weaknesses and strengths, you will be able to accept yourself for who you are. This acceptance will consequently improve your self-worth. It will also motivate you to make a plan to improve and achieve your goals.
Set boundaries by learning to say “no” to unreasonable or overwhelming work tasks and demands. Let others know how much work you take to reduce stress and increase productivity.
Be Open to Feedback
Accept constructive criticisms as an opportunity to learn and improve. Also, ask your coworkers and supervisors to provide feedback on your strengths, as positive feedback can improve your confidence.
Understanding that “Productivity” and “Busyness” are Not the Same Thing
We live in a world where not being busy equals being lazy and unsuccessful. Being overwhelmed with various work and life demands for many people equates to being productive as most of us grew up internalizing myths of hard work and workaholism. We learned to think of work as the best possible route to success, wealth, wellbeing.
It doesn’t surprise them that we are overwhelmed with demands, struggling to keep up with deadlines and tasks, feeling exhausted but unable to unplug?
If you are constantly overscheduled and too busy to sleep, spend time with family and friends, or do things just for the sake of leisure, you may think of yourself as highly productive and successful.
However, busyness doesn’t necessarily lead to greater productivity. On the contrary, busyness often generates stress, anxiety, and frustration while preventing you from getting the actual work done.
So, you can be overworked but without significant results and success, feeling exhausted, sad, or worthless.
Understanding the difference between being productive and busy can help you gain greater control over your time, tasks, and priorities, subsequently improving your self-worth and confidence.
Working in a stressful work environment can harm your sense of self-worth. Consequently, fragile self-esteem can lead to declined productivity, job dissatisfaction, unhealthy relationships, and mental health issues.
Learning how to value yourself in the workplace can help set boundaries towards people and unproductive busyness, increase a sense of self-worth, improve your performance, and achieve greater success and satisfaction at work.