How can I prove my value to upper management?

Answered by Debra Thompson, President, TG & Associates

I feel that my company doesn't understand my value in the workplace. How can I prove my value to upper management?


It is clear from your question that you believe you have value and that you are contributing to the bottom line of your company. Your situation is not unusual. Employees commonly complain about a lack of recognition and rewards for their accomplishments. If your management is not in tune with what it takes to be an employer of choice, you may have a fruitless uphill battle to get the recognition that you seek. On the other hand, there may be some things that you can do to prompt management to acknowledge your contributions:

I understand how tough it can be to do a good job day after day and not get any recognition. The companies that win awards for being the Best Workplaces in America are those companies that do provide employee rewards and recognitions for jobs well done. If you try all of these suggestions and they don't succeed in giving you the satisfaction that you need, it may be time for you to find a new employer of choice that will provide you with solid evidence of their appreciation of your efforts.

Debra Thompson is a national speaker and consultant on people management issues for the graphics industry. She is president of TG & Associates which specializes in staffing solutions for the graphics industries. She is the 2003 Recipient of the PrintImage International Industry Award of Distinction.

Visit for more information on her company, products and services and free information on the hiring process. She can also provide support to make your hire successful or do it for you. Debra can be reached at 877-842-7762 (toll free) or
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