First, we assume that leadership is aware of problems or frustrations that we have. Schedule a meeting with your superior to discuss problems at work. Be sure to come with a list, leave emotions out, and present just factual information with appropriate examples. You can even take it one step further by proposing solutions to the problems that you witness. Then take it another step further and volunteer to steer the solution and report back.
You may not feel you are being paid enough for the work you are doing. Again, leadership may not be aware of all of your responsibilities or accomplishments. First, update your list of skills and qualifications. Provide evidence of improvements that you have personally made for your company. Describe how your role has advanced since you initially took the position. Show any additional training that you have gotten to improve your role. Research what the regional income is for your position and experience. Then meet with your superior to propose a raise. If they are not able to financially give you a pay raise or bonus, perhaps you can negotiate for additional vacation days, a better parking spot, a change in hours, increased company shares, a better office space or other creative perks.
Often we work with negative and depressing colleagues. Be the person you want to be surrounded by. Be positive at work, surprisingly smiling and pleasantries are addicting. Find positive things to complement your colleagues on. Be encouraging and avoid negative comments and gossip. Let others know they are appreciated and respected for their roles, try not to take them for granted. Bring in snacks or a treat for your colleagues or plan a group outing after work. Often people who are friends outside of the workplace, work better together in the workplace. Be a team player and assist others when you can.
If all of this fails you, perhaps your place of employment is just not a good fit for you. Don’t be afraid to look into other employment opportunities. After all, you should enjoy the 30 plus years of employment!