Earning and asking for a promotion at work are part of negotiating the workplace. To succeed at obtaining a promotion, you need to be a solid employee, as well as an effective negotiator. Yet you might also enjoy a few of the tricks people that get promoted use.
It’s no longer enough to do your job and go home. There are other factors that determine who gets promoted and who stays where they are.
Instead of blaming your career stagnation on your HR, reflect on the negative work habits and change them. Below we outline some tricks-of-the-trade from people who get promoted.
1. Right attitude
You could be the best front-end developer around. Yet if you’re difficult to work with or unpleasant to be around, your promotion is unlikely to happen.
To get promoted, you need others’ endorsement. If the endorsements are negative comments like grumpy or unhelpful, you’ll be left wanting. It sounds trite, yet with the right attitude, you increase your chances of a promotion.
Start by changing your outlook, manners and how helpful you are. If you start small, the bigger changes will be much easier to put in place.
2. Associate with the right people
We tend to emulate the people we spend a lot of our time with or people we look up to. Thus, if you would like to get promoted, associate with people who have got promoted before. Their insights and habits are likely to rub off on you.
On the other side, people who get promotions also tend not to associate with those who whine and complain. If you spend too much time with people who have a victim mentality, you’re likely to adopt one yourself.
Thus, limit the amount of time spent with negative people. Instead increase the amount you spend with go-getters. You’ll improve your chances of getting a promotion.
You above all other people will know what kind of work you are doing. Hence how much, which is fantastic. Except you’re not the person responsible for approving your promotion. No, that’s someone else. Someone who, probably, lacks any kind of telepathic ability. Managers tend to lack this ability.
In fact, most managers might be too bogged down with their own work to know exactly what you’re doing and how well you’re doing it. This means you need to start communicating what you’re doing -to your manager. Develop a method that communicates your output to your manager in a manner that suits them.
Make your announcements written, consistent and concise. Your work won’t always speak for itself, so do your career a favor and speak up.
4. Take part
Remember that participation is often not mandatory. This means if you are taking part in a meeting, you aren’t just sitting there like a piece of furniture. You’re participating. That is, you prepare something to say beforehand, and then speak up.
But what if you don’t have anything meaningful to contribute? Well, then you should ask whether your presence in the meeting is necessary. You should also do your best to take part in general brainstorms and any other opportunity you have to flex your creative prowess.
5. Time it
Like when you ask for a raise, you need to time your request. Companies’ usually only offer promotions at certain points during a year. Maybe once every six months, it depends on the type of company. People who get promoted know how to ask for a promotion (or at least get the ball rolling) before it’s time.
Not only that, they recognize the importance of limiting the number of times they ask for a promotion. If the requests are too frequent you run the risk of numbing your manager to your progression desires.
6. Find solutions
One thing all people who get promoted often have in common is they find solutions. Each time a professional gets promoted, they at some point demonstrated problem-solving abilities. Rather than complaining about problems at work, these people find solutions to them.
Not only do they find solutions to known problems, they also identify problems and aren’t afraid to communicate their solutions. If you come across a problem, find your solution, make it known then put it into action.
Don’t be one of those people who crosses their fingers and hopes for the best; take control of your career and put in place behavioral changes that will be beneficial to your prospects. Learn from the best and work towards that promotion.