It is also extremely frustrating when you know you're going beyond the call of duty and there is not even the proverbial pat on the back.
One thing is to recognize someone for their excellent work and it's quite another thing to recognize someone because they're just your pet or because they're constantly brown nosing you.
I have never seen such a blatant display of favoritism as where I'm currently employed. My boss is constantly rewarding bad behavior not realizing (or probably not caring) that it's affecting the morale in the entire department.
There are individuals in the department who neglect their side jobs, are chronically late to work and don't event provide excellent service (to the point where they receive low ratings from mystery shoppers). And yet these are the individuals who are constantly being rewarded by our boss.
There are other idividuals who are very professional, are always on time to work, they tackle any side jobs that need to be done and even receive high ratings with mystery shoppers. These individuals are never recognized by our boss. Its very sad and very frustrating.