When you did great work in school -- if you wrote an excellent report or put in additional effort for extra credit -- your grades reflected that work on your final report card. If you did A+ work all year long, you got A+'s on your report card. If you didn't, you got B's or even C's. You were rewarded with a report card that directly matched your level of output.
Unfortunately, this lesson -- that we're rewarded in direct relation to the quality of our work -- doesn't translate into the workplace.
Based on our experiences in school, it might feel like the workplace should operate the same way: if you do great work at your job, people will automatically recognize it and reward you with promotions and increased pay. But, in practice, it often doesn't happen like that. Some kinds of very significant work are less visible or memorable than others. This is especially try for an economic developer, who's day to day is full of little wins.
It can be frustrating when you've done significant/difficult/time-consuming work and realize that you aren't rewarded for it because your superior either didn't notice or didn't remember.
Luckily, I have a tactic that will help, no matter your job title and where you work.
You'll Never Remember Everything You Did, and Neither Will Anyone Else
Unlike in school, there's no syllabus on your boss's desk. There's no grade book in her drawer. She doesn't know every assignment she's going to assign at the beginning of the year. She doesn't have a list of everything you've done at the end of the year, either.
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