It has been brought to my attention in the past few weeks that quite a few employees/coworkers are less than happy about the way they are being treated on the job. Some are sort of calling it a class clash, though to me that's not the proper term, since I've never paid a lot of attention to divisions in class in society. However, those who perform services for others, whether it be cleaning homes, doing clerical work, building a structure, or treating patients in some capacity, feel somewhat less than appreciated by employers-upper management, or colleagues.
I'm not talking about cash flow so much as respect for the job done. For instance, a nurse may bust her buns taking extra special care of her patients, treat THEM with kindness and respect, and then receive a nasty little phone call from her director because she didn't run enough people through quickly enough. A personal assistant may go far beyond her job requirements to complete a months-long task, and someone else may take the credit for a job well done. A person may volunteer a great deal of her time providing a service for someone, and not receive the thanks they need. And speaking as a writer--though not my personal experience--a novelist may feel underpaid, disrespected for the work they do, sneered at by agents or editors.
I have found myself in this situation in the past. It's been awhile, since right now, I'm just happy to be able to keep my head above water and complete my publishing contract. I do know my editors do a lot of things right. Not only do they let me know as soon as they receive my completed manuscript--usually within hours or even minutes--but when they edit, they spend pages of kudos about what I've done right before they reach the nitty-gritty part about what can be improved, then they end the edit with more encouragement. They are a dream team. That hasn't always been the case for me.
If you've ever been mistreated by someone you've worked for, or with, what would you have that person do differently next time? More income is the typical reply, but what about other things? Would you be happy if they sent flowers? Called with thanks? Sent you a card? Publicly recognized you?
Have you ever been treated extremely well? How was that achieved? Sometimes I think it helps if we speak up and let those to whom we provide services know what it is we would like from them in terms of respect. Any thoughts?