Are you harming your chances of promotion?

Are you harming your chances of promotion?

Looking for a promotion? You’re probably already aware of what you should be doing to stand out from the crowd. Promotion isn’t something which just happens. But are you doing anything which could harm your chances?

Being anti-social

We don’t mean you have to party hard with your colleagues every Friday night! But if you spend every lunch break on your own and can barely manage a grunt if someone tries to make conversation with you, you probably won’t be screaming ‘promotion material’ to your boss.

Sometimes it’s too easy to feel like you want to keep yourself to yourself and just get on with your job. Unfortunately, this isn’t what a team player does.

Get involved and get to know your work colleagues.

Letting the rules slip…  

As you get comfortable working somewhere, you learn what boundaries are OK to push, and we get to know our peers and boss’ limits.

But, regularly showing up a few minutes late, or failing to follow the dress code, just because you know you can get away with it, does not look good.

Your boss may be super relaxed about it, but don’t take advantage, because these things don’t go unnoticed.

It always pays to maintain a professional and reliable appearance. These are the people who are looked at when it’s time for your manager to make a promotion.

Letting your ideas & achievements fade into the background

If you’ve done something well, whether it’s coming up with a new idea, completing or participating in a successful project etc. you want your efforts to be appreciated and noticed.

However, if you’re always happy to let others have the limelight, or don’t bother to share their efforts out of fear of what other will think, then you could be giving away your chances of promotion.

Managers usually have a lot of responsibilities, and don’t always realise exactly who is responsible for what, especially in a big team.

So, for them to acknowledge (and remember) your input and success, you need to be willing to self-promote a little.

Being hard to work with

Most of the time, people who are difficult to work with, won’t realise that they are difficult to work with… and therein lies the problem!

Signs you might be ‘one of those people’ include:

  • Regularly finding yourself odds with different colleagues over different things
  • Feeling like people tiptoe around asking you questions
  • Constantly feeling like you have a problem with things at work (but that don’t seem to bother anyone else)
  • Someone has mentioned your ’attitude’

Consider how cooperative you are with other colleagues, and what kind of atmosphere you like to create in your work environment.

Someone who is hard to get along with or creates tension is unlikely to be offered a promotion.

Failing to have an opinion

It’s not uncommon for boss’ or managers to ask their teams for opinions or ideas on projects, or to suggest ideas to improve work situations. This is where you can really shine, by putting forward any ideas you have.

Keeping quiet out of fear of your idea being rejected or because you are worried about looking silly in front of work friends is the last thing you should be doing.

Even if your ideas don’t end up being chosen, your manager is going to remember you got actively involved and tried to make a difference.

Remember. Promotion is not always about big, impressive gestures. The little things are important too.

Your everyday actions, which help create your work identity, are the things wich will help in the long run.

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