Getting Promoted

Assessing job possibilities
Promotion is generally a rewarding situation for the employee. To be promoted usually means that you have done a good job and the employer wants to recognize and reward you for your value to the firm. But promotion often carries with it the expectation that you will accept further responsibilities. When considering the possibility of promotion, it would benefit you to ponder the issues below:

Positive factors suggesting promotion

• You are satisfied with the type of work you are doing.
• You are happy with the organization for whom you are working.
• You feel comfortable and competent with your work.
• You are ready to accept more responsibility.
• You are eager for new challenges.
Reconsider applying for promotion if
• You are not happy with your work and/or your firm.
• You lack confidence in your job skills.
• You have serious doubts about your suitability to accept more responsibility.
• You have difficulty relating well to others at your workplace.

Hopefully, you will have satisfied most if not all of the positive factors relating to promotion. However, if all is not well at the work front, you may want to consider other options to promotion at your existing job.
If you are not happy with your job, try to assess why this is and then improve the situation, if possible. If improving your situation is not possible, then consider the feasibility of leaving for another position.
If you lack confidence in your work skills, it is certainly not the time to apply for promotion. Use your time and energy instead in upgrading your skills. Inquire about in-service training programs, external job-updating courses, or evening college courses. The very fact that you are pursuing additional training will probably enhance your general confidence, hopefully upgrade your job specific skills and perhaps even impress your boss.

Many promotions will bring extra responsibility - If this frightens you, then it’s best to ask, ‘Why?’. What would your increased responsibilities be and why are these potentially a problem for you? Often, increased work responsibilities involve supervising others, a delicate skill area. If you have doubts about your capabilities in handling general supervisory duties, such as reprimanding others, then ask your boss if you can take on smaller leadership responsibilities. By accepting these less threatening duties and discussing your progress with your boss, you can shape your leadership and supervisory skills.
If your relationships with one or more people at work are posing stresses and difficulties, then address the problem. Perhaps there is some misunderstanding underpinning the difficulties? Or, perhaps it’s a communication problem. Browse on working with problem people and see if any suggestions are applicable. If you can get to the base of the trouble, then you may wish to give some further thought to promotion. One thing is certain, problems between people at work can be most distressing. Unfortunately, these problems often do not go away on their own. Sit down, think through the problems, plan your course of action and then act. Dealing with problems can be risky, but solutions are not likely to come any other way.

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