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Craving kudos? Try these 4 tips

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In a perfect world, managers would regularly tell you what a fantastic job you’re doing and how they notice all the hard work you put into everything you do. Most workplaces aren’t perfect, though.

Earn the recognition you deserve by trying these tips, recommended in The Carrot Principle, by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton (Free Press):

1. Have others recognize you. Collect comments from customers/clients, and send them along to your boss.

2. Learn what your boss values. While many of us think we know what our boss values, it doesn’t hurt to ask, “What matters most around here?”

3. Pass it forward. It’s on everyone’s shoulders to recognize, not just the boss’s. Notice what co-workers are doing to help the organization and write them an e-mail of thanks, or congratulate them in a staff meeting. It will all come back to you.

4. Remember big days. When you or a co-worker has a service anniversary or other milestone worthy of recognition, go to lunch as a team and talk about the accomplishment. Let the manager know why you and your teammates are going out together and invite him or her

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