I currently have the enviable position of a manager who is quick to praise for work done at or above expectations: however as my boss lacks the knowledge to determine how difficult a task is I often get praised more for easier / more mundane tasks than the more challenging ones.
There are two implications of this that I am unsure how to manage:
- I'm finding myself drawn more to simplistic tasks which I would usually find boring as they generate more goodwill with my manager than the challenging tasks.
- My team are also treated the same way, and know that some of us are getting disproportionately praised for simpler tasks than what the rest of us are working on.
I am unsure of how to go about communicating that I feel the praise is wrongly assigned: I don't want to look ungrateful, but am a little wary of my long-term motivation if the work I know is more challenging is not appreciated comparably.