How to measure your self-worth as an employee?

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By: MJ Gonzales | Executive Chronicles

Self-worth is such a big word that it takes liberal mind and deep reflection to find it out.  This is also true in the aspect of career, your salary should not the total of your true value. You can consider different factors like how you see yourself, what you desire to have, and the actions you are willing to take.

According to Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do” author; often people gauge their self-worth based on their social interaction. Apart from that, they weigh their profession, wealth (i.e. bank deposits), achievements, and appearance.  She emphasized that these factors are mostly unhealthy. Many individuals experience low self-esteem without being aware of how they measure their value.

“Basing your self-worth on your job title is a big risk,” Morin advised. “In the absence of a high profile career, you won’t be able to feel good about yourself if you’ve always measured your self-worth by what you do.”

If you doubt about your worth because of your current work and salary. Better to do test your theories and it’s not bad to think about you ideal salary.  Jullien Gordon, a Founding Partner at performance consultancy New Higher, shared that thinking it’s “lucky to have a job, and working for 40 hours for 40 years or 40-40 club sort obsolete ideas.” For him, employees should think as entrepreneurs and they should check their market.


“As an employee, I encourage you to interview at least 4 times a year just to know what’s out there. Without jumping from job to job, the best way to really know how much you’re worth is to sell your skills on the side as a coach or consultant and see how much you can command independently,” Gordon imparted.

Another point in finding your true value or what valuable for you is it helps you to experience positive changes.  In some reports, people experience quarter or midlife crisis  because of questioning their worthiness. If you’re able to overcome this phase, the next levels are rediscovering your motivation and experiencing transformation.