How do you get to experience validation in your workspace? Here then, some wholesome suggestions …

Well, only two lines of thinking. At Multiply we leave lecturing for the in-laws, teaching for the classroom and micro-management for The Office scriptwriters.

We work as well. So, we get it. Recognition for your honest work output is not always a given. Even though you deserve it like a cross-court winner on match day.

Know this: you cannot change or control people – and if you stubbornly refuse to think this way, you’re in for a tough time using up all your good energy. But there is something you CAN change and that is yourself. You can change your thoughts, your behaviour, and your actions. Marinate in this way of living for a while; try it out for yourself. It’s good stuff.

Now comes the part where each one of us needs to take a look in the mirror. If you want to garner the respect of your work colleagues, there’s one sure-fire way of going about your business. Don’t gossip. We’re not explaining why from on high, but we’ll leave you with this exchange between Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep in the award-winning movie Doubt.

‘I want you to go home, take a pillow up on your roof, cut it open with a knife, and return here to me.’ So, the woman went home: took a pillow off her bed, a knife from the drawer went up the fire escape to her roof, and stabbed the pillow. Then she went back to the old parish priest as instructed. ‘Did you gut the pillow with a knife?’ he says. ‘Yes, Father.’ ‘And what were the results?’ ‘Feathers,’ she said. ‘Feathers?’ he repeated. ‘Feathers; everywhere, Father.’ ‘Now I want you to go back and gather up every last feather that flew out onto the wind,’ ‘Well,’ she said, ‘it can’t be done. I don’t know where they went. The wind took them all over.’ ‘And that,’ said Father O’ Rourke, ‘is gossip.’