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Do you feel valued by your employer?

By mcollins1 ·
I feel in quite a lucky position, feeling valued and understood in my current position.
I understand that there are quite a few employers out there who do not understand the needs of their IT personnel.
Lots of people who are in an IT position with a non-IT manager.
What is the general concensus? Do you feel valued? Do you feel that your needs are met, and that the management understand the issues that are faced by yourself on a daily basis?
How do you go about communicating the problems to non-IT personnel?
I would be interested to hear some views on this subject, and maybe some of the methods used to communicate issues.

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Not just IT -- any industry or business.

by jardinier In reply to Do you feel valued by you ...

My main experience as an employee has been as a journalist on metropolitan daily newspapers.

The primary and overriding reason that I resigned from two newspapers was that I KNEW that management did not understand my personal position and was not the least bit interested in learning about it or discussing it with me in any way.

In each instance I tried to explain my position but my words fell on deaf ears.

In the second instance management pleaded with me to stay even though I had fully explained my reasons for resigning.

I would imagine that the larger the organisation, the less communication there would be between the higher and lower echelons.

So I am unable to offer any suggestions as to how to improve communication, but just trying to let you know that it is not an exclusively IT problem.

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by mcollins1 In reply to Not just IT -- any indust ...

Thanks for the feedback. I guess the problems would span any industry, and it is interesting to hear another perspective.
Have the problems been the same since you moved to IT?
In my experience, as you mentioned, the larger the organisation, the worse the communication generally is between levels of employee...

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Self employed

by jardinier In reply to Not just IT -- any indust ...

Since leaving newspapers I have worked mainly as a self-employed gardener.

My participation in IT has also been in a self-employed capacity -- selling refurbished computers and doing a little tuition and tech support.

However prior to becoming a journalist I worked in other large organisations -- an electronics factory and the Public Service. Same story. The upper echelon doesn't even know the lower echelon exists.

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Consultant...Not a Perfect Solution

by john In reply to Self employed

As a self-employed IT consultant for the past 10 years, I can tell you that consultants regularly are listened to more than employees. It is right? No! However, as they say, familiarity breeds contempt and this is all too often in the workplace.

Within IT it is quite common for people to get a along, working together to find a solution to a complex problem. What could be more fun? Unfortunately, management rarely appreciates what they have.

Sometimes it is just a bad relationship (manager and subordinate are like oil and water) and sometimes it is the people (bad manager or bad subordinate).

What can you do? I'd recommend sitting down and having a heart-to-heart with your boss. Preferably outside of work - where they will let down their corporate guard.


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Take a risk

by joyb In reply to Consultant...Not a Perfec ...

I quite agree with you when you say the consultants have an easier time being valued. Before I became a Career & Life Coach I was a recruiter in the IT world. One of the things I found to be true is that if you take a risk and have a heart to heart talk with your direct report (outside of the work place - as you recommended) it can clear up a lot of misunderstanding. Consultants have a tendancy to take risks more frequently, which is one of the reasons that they're valued more and taken more seriously.

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Not ALL upper echelon is blind to their team

by Surflover In reply to Self employed

I have to disagree, when generalizing an entire group, it will always be wrong.

I have been in IT over 20 years satrting as an assembler programmer on mainframes, and have worked my way to the "C" level 5 years ago... The most importnat part of my job is ensuring that EVERY one of my team members (from the VPs to the Help desk) have the tools, the training, the authority and the resources to do their job effectively. After all, I make decisions, set policy, develop stategic directions and plans, and THEY have to execute them. If they dont have what they need, we all fail.

A good leader is ONLY as good as his staff.

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if there's one thing that would help...

by jck In reply to Not just IT -- any indust ...

it would be for the execs and upper management to stop speaking to employees in that indirect, managerially-termed rhetoric and give them the straight dish on company alignment and direction. They too often speak evasively and just assume their employees are too stupid to read between the lines.

That not only makes the employees feel devalued (as if they're being treated like idiots), but it also makes them not trust the people who affect their professional future.

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"too often speak evasively"

by Absolutely In reply to if there's one thing that ...

When? My company sends out news to all employees weekly by email, and there is some that is too dense with business school keywords for me to bother reading between the lines, but their target audience is investors, and it doesn't bother me. But there were about 6000 employees in my company, which is buying other companies like I used to buy baseball cards. I'm just curious whether you mean direct, personal conversations with management, or something more like the company-wide news I have in mind. I work for a software company with a lot of colleagues who think their employers is the best thing since the integrated circuit, and I'm having trouble relating to, or even understanding, what you mean. The closest thing in my experience is the feeling that the finance department speaks a different language than mine, but not that they're trying to confuse me! It just works out that way, because I never took a class in the Businees School at my university.

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by Tony Hopkinson In reply to "too often speak evasivel ...

when they are trying to get more work out of us they are very clear. When we are trying to get more money out of them for the more work out us, theres a marked increase in obfuscation.
If you don't understand, are they communicating ?

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There is a reason for that...

by Zen37 In reply to if there's one thing that ...

For my perspective on the reason they use such evasive, grandios terminalogy is simply because the haven't got a clue what they are doing and they talk that way to try not to let anyone find out they are typical Pointy hair bosses like Dilbert has.

Upper management is nothing more than gut feeling, sales pitch and political BS. Don't try to make any sence of it unless you want to join the ranks of the eternally clueless.

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