Objectively, it sure feels like more money or better hours would make anyone a whole lot happier with his or her job. As it turns out, though, having a good manager is just as, if not more, important than a yearly raise.
According to LearnVest.com, a finance website that covers everything from budgeting basics to career advice, one of the key predictors of job satisfaction is receiving recognition for your efforts. No matter what you do for a living, if you don’t feel like your contribution is valued and appreciated by your boss, you’re unlikely to find your work rewarding.
So what should you do if your manager is stingy with the compliments? Your best bet is to be direct. Ask for feedback about what you do well, and what you could work on, under the guise of trying to make your boss’ life easier. A less straight-forward approach? Try giving a compliment to your boss; he or she just might follow suit and say something nice about your job performance.
For more help dealing with a tough manager, see our tips on handling bad bosses.