Watch Out for Weaponized Praise

Your bosses might be using compliments against you.

Praise usually covers up something more sinister, like the prolonged absence of a promotion. It often serves no other purpose than keeping people in line.

If your employer rewards performance only with increased responsibility, stop volunteering for more work. Start looking for another job.

If you’ve ever found yourself doing your “real work” on nights and weekends, that’s invisible labor. You’re facilitating your own exploitation. Maybe you don’t have a choice. But at least admit it to yourself.

Most of us can’t afford to risk losing our jobs by complaining openly about unfair workloads and invisible labor. But that doesn’t mean we have to accept what’s happening. We can strategize.

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