4 Ways to Invest in Yourself When Your Employer Wont!

Growing as an individual is everyone’s goal. A work environment can either motivate you to grow or hinder your personal growth in various ways. As an employee, you should ask yourself whether you are happy being at your workplace and whether your job and work environment motivates you to grow. Is your job interesting and even challenging? Is your employer investing in you in any way and helping you to grow? At work, are you being offered a chance to learn new things and develop new skills for your own good? If not, it is a reason to awaken and realize that you need to invest in yourself.

You need to invest in yourself because if you fail to do so, nobody else will. Teach yourself new things, learn to promote yourself, educate yourself. When you make the decision to take charge of your work life, you become self-satisfied and begin to grow. It is a great thing if your employer is helping you to grow, however if that is not the case for you, there are various ways through which you can invest in yourself and grow yourself.

1. Enroll yourself for an online course

It does not matter the industry you are in, there are very many online courses today that can help you to learn more. Realize that with technological advancement today, you can use the internet to learn so much even for free or with just a little investment. You can train yourself for instance how to do photoshoot and this is a skill that can help you earn in the graphic design industry.

Today, many people, especially the youth have become actively engaged online and many are earning good money by learning online writing and doing writing work online. You can also subscribe to good educational material and publications. Reading a lot and learning will be a good step for self-growth.

2. Get certified

Even as you enroll for additional courses, getting certified is important as it means that you can include the certificate in your resume. These certificates can be specifically helpful when getting a new job, a promotion or when switching from one industry to another. There are online courses like Google Analytics that actually certify those that qualify. It may be time for you to get another job and you discover that the dream job you hope to have requires you to have a skill or course that you have no knowledge of. It is very possible to invest some quick time in learning the skill and very easily get certified. Do not shy away from taking these simple courses, they might turn out to be very useful in the long run especially when you get certified for it. 

3. Attend conferences

Have you ever thought of attending conferences for your own growth? Well you should know that there is always something great to learn from every conference. Search for conferences in relation to your industry or an industry you are interested in and purpose to attend the conferences. Some are free to attend while some conferences require a little investment that is very much worth it. You may attend a conference that will turn your life around as some conferences even offer real life cases of people which motivate you to work harder for yourself. You get to meet people who are like you in many ways and in your line of work who are working towards growth. You also get to mingle and network with people who are advanced that you in your industry and this gives you insight on how to grow yourself. Attending a conference inspires you, educates you, challenges you and motivates you to do more.

4. Network more

Networking is a sure way of meeting people and learning from them. Nobody can live as an island as human beings are social beings and interdependent. As a career person, there are many ways to network, both online and physically. Online networking platforms are very advanced these days and link so many people together from all over the world. A site like LinkedIn is well advanced and a good place to begin networking. Create a good LinkedIn profile and update it to look as professional as professional and good as possible. Follow great companies and those you admire and desire to work for as well as your career mentors and great successful people. This allows you to learn from them and motivates you to work on your growth as you get to see how successful people do things.

You can also network by attending conferences, meetings, doing volunteer activities and more. Aim at being around people that motivate you to improve yourself. Meet people and share about your career life while listening to theirs and this will help you learn and create links and contacts. Do not be the kind of staff that is always shying away and staying away from people because it is through networking that we learn and grow.

How do you tell that the place you are working does not care to invest in you?

It is easy to tell if a company doesn’t care about you as an employee by observing a number of traits. A good working environment is motivating for employees and people enjoy working there. However, a work environment that does not care about employees is toxic and working there is demoralizing, with employees desiring to have a job change. When a company cares for the employees, the results are seen in the productivity of a satisfied workforce. People do not only go to work for money but to also grow and feel appreciated as they are human. Employers should therefore know the value of appreciating employees, even for slight achievements and with simple appreciation. The appreciation does not have to be tangible or monetary because even simple words such as ‘congratulations’ and ‘good job’ can go a long way in motivating employees.

Here are a few traits you can observe to tell if you are working in a toxic environment that does not care about you.

They never seek your advice or opinion

When your job superiors and coworkers do not ask for your input on matters at work, then it can be a red flag and this could mean that they don’t consider you as important in any way. If your boss does not respect your ideas, then it is not likely that they would invest in your personal growth as an employee. They clearly don’t care at all about you, your presence, your opinion or even your work.

Lack of support, guidance and feedback from your boss

When you submit work, you expect to receive feedback, corrections or congratulatory remarks. However when you do your work in the best way you can and submit it only for the boss to keep silent with no response, it could mean that they have no time and respect for you as an employee. A boss that doesn’t care will not give any feedback when your work is simply okay but will reprimand you if your work has errors, they also do not guide you through and offer help to you when you need it. You are basically struggling to make things work in your job. This can be very demoralizing as in many cases, you feel as if you never do things right.

You're not remunerated well

You may be working at a place where your pay is minimal and below industry standards. In as much as money is not everything when it comes to a job, it is a great motivating factor. When your pay is poor and your company shows no sign of giving you a raise, then it is a very clear indication that the company you work for is not investing in you as it should. Poor remuneration is a big sign of your boss not caring even about what you can offer because one who cares about your work will motivate you to do well. If they cannot pay you well, they definitely cannot invest in any other form of your growth.

You are not promoted even when you deserve and qualify for the promotion

You may be working very well and delivering good results, even better results and more projects that your colleagues but then you happen to always get passed by when promotions are done.  New or those not as deserving as you get promoted faster than you. This is a very clear sign that your company does not so much value you as an employee or your work at all.

Your company does not care about your general welfare

This is something you can easily notice when you are experiencing a hard time in life. How the company comes in to help and offer welfare support shows if they care or not. When the company you work with ignores your wellbeing and even your call for help, then it is a very clear sign that the company doesn’t care about what happens to you or what you may be going through. In as much as your colleagues at work may not be your friends or your family members, they should show some care about your wellbeing.

You can clearly see there is lack of trust

It is hard to work well in an environment where you are not trusted. You can clearly tell if your boss mistrusts you especially when they put pressure on you to account for each one of your actions and decisions. Your work must show accountability with many questions arising about your work. Also when simple issues such as medical leave can result in trust issues with your boss demanding medical evidence about your medical issue that led you to be absent, then there is definitely no trust for you at work. When your employer doesn’t trust you, then do not expect that they will invest much in you anyway.

Rejected requests for a better work-life balance

When applying for a job, it may be possible that you were so desperate to wait to get clear details of what the job entails and what you were signing up for. There are employees who after signing up for a job or contract, end up regretting having the job especially due to work pressure. When you find yourself in such a situation that negatively affects your life in anyway, so much as to approach your boss for a more flexible work environment and the request is rejected, it can be demoralizing. When such a plea from you is ignored or denied, it is a clear indication that your boss doesn’t care about your life, security and more.

Being bullied by your boss

This is a very disheartening situation for any employee. A boss in work ethics is someone who inspires and motivates those working for him to grow, deliver and be happy when working. You may find yourself in a scenario where your boss picks on you and dismisses you a lot, even bullying you. When your boss doesn’t treat you with respect, then be sure that they cannot invest in you to grow. Bullying an employee is a high form of disrespect at work and it is breaking labor laws that are meant to protect employees.

Another way to also tell that your boss is not respectful is when they go behind your back to gather personal information about you from other employees.

You hardly get proper information at the right time

It may also be possible that at your workplace, you are always clueless. When information is passed, they ignore giving you the information and this leaves you uninformed until much later. This shows that your presence does not matter much at work and is a clear sign that you are not appreciated much.

Your boss only has time for you when you mess up

When you do your work well and are feeling good about yourself, a simple compliment can go a long way in making you feel appreciated, but for you that is never the case. However, when you happen to make a mistake, all attention is put on you and the reprimanding is so harsh. This is the only time your boss remembers you exist. This is a very demoralizing factor and it should clearly tell you that your boss doesn't like you and appreciates you.

Working when happy and enjoying your work is important as it makes you able to deliver much better. When you happen to work in a harsh environment, it is your responsibility to find ways to survive through it as you grow. Find time, the right attitude and ways to improve yourself no matter your situation, as discussed.