Promotion is a form of recognition for employees for their work performance. You can take certain steps to become a prime candidate to get desired promotion. Let me ask you a question are you wondering how to get promotion at work. If you have been working in a company for sometime what could you do to move up the ladder. I have been talking to lots of professionals who are getting seamless promotions and also in touch with others who did not get promotion for quiet sometime. I had a lots of conversations with HR professions as what is the right way and time to get promotion. So I am sharing six strategies and I promise you they will work like magic.
1. Understand your boss and act like a boss –
It does not matter you like your boss or not but he or she is the important person at your work place. Understand his or her style of working. Don’t think like your coworkers but think a few steps ahead. know the problem ,solve problem for your boss before it actually comes up and not just doing whatever you are asked to do but thinking just a few steps ahead. When you do that you naturally get promoted a lot faster.
2. Avoid office gossips and politics –
There are always people who belong to kind of this group or that group and they are talking shit and backstab others. If you want to grow then don’t try to do this because people on top will see through it. So avoid all those things. Focus on what you do ,do well, help your colleagues, help your coworkers, support them , help them grow, then it’ll become very nice positive momentum.
3. Know your motivation –
Get clear what a promotion means to you, what it looks like, what it feels like, is it Status change or increase in role scope and role responsibility, is it more money ? Main thing is you can’t tell people what you want if you don’t know yourself. So know the exact motivation behind promotion.
4. Understand the rule of the company –
You need to understand what are the HR policies, what are the key dates and miles stones. If you put your head down, work hard, pick up extra project and worked during weekends and still you did not get promotion. Then you are really frustrated. But you need to understand what competency you need to show, what kind of deliverables need to be delivered ,really getting clear what you looks like the person who deserves a promotion. Promotion is not about you but it is about the organization. It’s about you being able to step up and add more value and give even more to the organization in a different capacity. So you need to know how you can shine your strength, who needs to know about you , who need to know about the work you do and who needs to know what you want from your future. When ever you get the chance to take more responsibility, take it just to show that you are right person for this position . This is going to show your boss that you are capable.
5. Make your boss aware that you need promotion –
You need to do is to sit down with your boss and let them know that you are interested in promotion, you can not assume just because you are working hard and you are doing a great job that people know that you even want that promotion. He can not read your mind. He does not know where you see yourself, so don’t be afraid to share, tell him, this is my career path, how do you feel about that. Paint a vision for them and also show them your accomplishments and this will allow them to know more about your journey, how the company would get more benefit out of your experience. If they say no for now, whatever it is , then don’t get disheartened, but you should not walk away with no, you walk away with okay. How do we make this happen, ask for coaching ,ask for guidance, don’t be afraid, ask what books you recommend me to read, what courses you recommend me to take, what experience and expectation you have for that person in this position. But most people never ask this. Also share this with your coworker selectively , may be they will be able to help you on your path as well. Then you can do gap analysis. What do you need to learn. What are the knowledge gaps ,what are the relationship gaps. mindset, what is important for the company and so on.
6. Establish relationship across the organization –
I want you to up your visibility. Spend some time with your coworker to get to know each other. May be the boss likes your work and he wants to promote you but if all the managers are saying no, guess what you are not getting the promotion, now I am not talking about being a people pleaser but I talking about maintain good relationship with everyone at least few are comfortable with you. So when your name is brought up in the meetings, they back you by saying she would be perfect for that new role or he would be more than capable .You need other people to back you up. You should keep on maintaining relations with them by having conversation on lunch or tea break, wishing them on birthdays , inviting them on dinner , just smiling or greeting them good morning or say hi or hello or may be helping them when they need your help. Remember one thing you should not do this one or two days before promotion ,this is not genuine, you need to do that ahead of time.
If you think there is toxic atmosphere at your work place. Then I will suggest you float your resume in job market and try to get job in good organization. I hope these tips help you to get the promotion you deserve.