If you've isolated your unhappiness to your work environment and it shows no signs of changing, then you should begin looking for your next work environment. It's important for your mental health and your career success that you are enthused most every morning when you head into work.
As I read your question, it appears your unhappiness rests with your supervisor. A Gallup study showed that half of adults leave their jobs because of their supervisor. Other studies, including one from O.C. Tanner reveal that 79% of people who quit their jobs cite "lack of appreciation" as their reason. That means you are not alone in facing the challenge of boss who is inexperienced or not focused on employee satisfaction and retention.
If moving on is not an immediate options, here are some things to consider:
1) Ask your supervisor for feedback in a 1x1 setting. This will give him/her the opportunity to provide you praise for your work, and insight where you can improve. Be specific in your questions -- ask about your timeliness and quality of writing.
2) Ask your supervisor whether there are colleagues you should be watching in order to learn and grow. Although you might be the top performer in your work group, you need to show a commitment to lifeline learning, and an appreciation for diverse perspectives. It will absolutely help your performance. And a little humbleness can go a long way.
3) Be purposeful about providing thanks and appreciation in a public setting to your colleagues in the work group. One of the best ways to change behavior of others is to model that behavior.
4) Offer to your supervisor that you would like to start an appreciation program for staff. This will put the subject on his/her radar screen, and ultimately could begin to change the culture of your work group.
5) You will encounter many poor supervisors and work environments in your career. I did. Each one of them made me better because I used it as a learning experience. If you can't move onto another job at this time, use this experience to identify exactly what is wrong with the environment and learn from it. Pledge that you will become the kind of supervisor who is motivating, encouraging and supportive.
Above all, know that your ability to write and communicate effectively is a priceless skill that can help you in any career you choose. As you work through theses struggles, don't lose sight of the enjoyment it provides you, and the passion that it stirs in you. Best of luck!
Charlene recommends the following next steps:
- As your supervisor for feedback