Knowing you are a working professional and being treated like a working professional are two drastically different things. Here are four ways to be taken seriously at work, while also creating a healthier office environment for all.
Become a Leader
Take on new challenges by accepting a leadership role within your company. This commitment will prove you’re invested in the business’s success and want to be an integral part of the future plans. Strive to become a leader you would like to work for. In this new role, remember to encourage others and praise good work when you see it.
Enforce the Protocol
State and federal laws were put in place to protect employees from being taken advantage of, and you should never feel guilty for following this protocol. No matter how much work your higher-ups pile on, always take your meal and rest breaks. Your boss should respect your ability to take on new challenges in a timely manner without working overtime, but if you must work overtime or choose to in order to complete a project make sure you are properly compensated.
If you’re not being properly compensated for your work, refuse to take on new roles. By selectively standing your ground, you can earn respect without increasing your workload. Don’t become the pushover that has to work overtime every night to appease your managers. Tactfully decline added work by calmly explaining your current commitments to other projects. If a manager continues to pressure you into work you’re not being paid for, it could be time to hire a lawyer.
Hire a Lawyer
If office issues persist, hire an employment lawyer to fight your battles for you. Whether you feel you’re being passed up for a promotion because of discrimination or are wrongfully terminated, legal representation can show your boss you mean business. Know your worth in the workplace by taking a stand against inhumane office environments. Remember, the strong position you take now could improve future working conditions.