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Being overworked & underpaid & hard worker

Hardworking or Overworked?


Going above and beyond the expectations of your job sounds great until you realize you have to sacrifice so much in the process.

It feels good to know that your boss trusts you to get things done. We are willing to do a lot more when we feel appreciated at work.

But you should still be compensated fairly for your contributions.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: compliments do not pay your bills. The praise you get may be nice to hear, but don’t take on extra responsibilities just to be nice.

Your career is not just about you serving but it's about you being served.


 Being a good employee doesn't mean your employer gets to take advantage of you.

It’s fine to want to grow in your role, I encourage it. But if your responsibilities are growing and your paycheck isn’t, that’s a huge red flag to me. 

When you find that you are constantly doing things outside of your regular job description, you should question why these extra things always fall on you.

Don’t just assume it’s a good thing without diving deeper.

Find out how it will benefit you as well as them. Your career is not just about you serving but it's about you being served.

If your boss truly recognizes the value in your skills, then they should be more than happy to increase your salary in alignment with your new role. 

But if they are not interested in negotiating it shows that the relationship is one-sided.


Know when you’re doing too much.

Most people don't realize when they're operating in a leadership role, especially when it comes naturally to them. That’s why it’s so important to set clear expectations for your role.

When your responsibilities with a company are clearly defined, it is much easier to know when you are operating outside of what is expected of you.

But roles that require you to wear many hats can be misleading.

Being flexible in your workflow does not mean you should be doing the job of 3 people for the salary of 1. If you are constantly overwhelmed trying to keep things running smoothly at work, you might be underpaid & overworked for what it is that you do.


Have the confidence to ask for more.

If your employer is giving you all this added responsibility without adding to your salary, they already know how good you are.

It is you who needs to recognize how good you are.

When you’re fine with being the underpaid overachiever, your employer will be too. Know your worth. Don’t settle for what you can get when you deserve so much more.

I help stuck professionals just like you learn to recognize their worth and get the most out of their careers every day. The game changes once you start believing in yourself.


Whatever you do, don't settle.




Alicia Perkins is a former Recruiting & HR leader who is now helping professionals take control of their careers & land careers they love. Alicia has helped over 2k professionals gain career clarity, regain their voice & go after what they deserve unapologetically.

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