Who doesn’t love getting a promotion at work? If you are employed full-time, then you look forward to promotion time every year. Getting a promotion shows that you are providing quality work for your employer and adding value to the company. I have met people that expect to get promotions every year. I am not talking about a raise, I am talking about a promotion. Those people make me laugh a little. If you expect to get a promotion, the only thing you should expect is to not get it.
Promotions are not a given at any place of work. You have to work hard and make yourself known in the eyes of management. If you are one of those people that just go into work and do what you are told, I wouldn’t expect a promotion. That type of person is just not promotion material. Why? If you don’t think outside of the box or go above and beyond, then promotions aren’t for you. Sorry to be real, but it is true.
Getting a promotion feels good and it should. You are being told that you are worthy of holding a higher position and doing something more. That is a great feeling to have. Everyone wants to be shown that they are doing good things at work. If you want to have that good feeling and to score a sweet promotion at work, then here are some ways to do it.
Think Outside of The Box
One thing I have learned while working is that you will be justly rewarded for thinking outside of the box. You might be taught one way of doing something, but that doesn’t always mean that is the best or most efficient way. If you can take a process and make it better, then people will notice. You especially want to make sure that your manager and upper management know. Thinking outside of the box can be very powerful.
Example: You are working in HR and you realize that your payroll software is outdated and not working with the growth of the company. Instead of just continuing to use it, you look for better alternatives that are not only cheaper, but also handle the growth. This is how you think outside of the box.
Become the Go-To
Before I jump into how to become the go-to, I will say that you have to be careful with this tip. It can backfire and I will describe how soon.
You know what the go-to means. You become the one that people come to in order to get something done. It is a good place to be in and management usually takes notice. If you are constantly being hit up from other employees, then that is a good thing. In order to become the go-to, you have to have an expertise in something. You have to understand a topic better than anyone else. You also have to be willing to take on extra work.
The way that this can backfire is if you just become someone that always says “yes”. This is when it could be dangerous. You don’t want to always say yes to everyone that approaches you. If that happens, then others will take advantage of you. I can guarantee that. You still need to have a good work/life balance. One way that works well for me is to not always say yes. You need to set this precedent in the beginning. One thing that I do, is to tell someone that I can’t do it or I don’t have enough time. While they are looking for help from someone else, I will go and complete the task. This always makes someone happy and it doesn’t pigeon hole me into a “yes man”.
Expand Your Skill Set
This tip can be used for anything at work along with working toward a promotion. You are hired for your current skill set. Employers like what they see when they offer you a position. That doesn’t mean you should just leave your skill set at its current state. Expanding your knowledge is important in life just as it is at work. If you work on learning something new, you become available to help other departments. This is always a great thing to see from a management perspective. Your employer can then get assistance from you when other departments are swamped. They don’t have to hire another person just to pick up slack. It is even better if you can accomplish both roles.
In order to expand your skill set, you need to understand what is needed at your employer. What are other employees struggling with? Where are areas where you can help another department? This tip will require some upfront work, but it usually pays off well with a promotion.
There is never a guarantee that you will get a promotion at work. In order to pull the odds in your favor, you need to work hard differentiating yourself from other employees. You can’t be just another drone worker. You have to show others that you are doing things on your own and working harder than others. There are people that just don’t strive for much when they work. They just collect their paycheck and go home. You won’t get a promotion this way. It just doesn’t happen. Think outside of the box, become the go-to person, and expand your skills set. This is how you get a promotion at work.
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