Glenn Stok acquired strategic management skills for organization, planning, and policy development from his employment and his own business.
What’s holding you back? You’ve been working on the same job quite some time, and you are wondering when you will be rewarded for your work.
The question is, do you stand out from the crowd, so your boss will be convinced you deserve a promotion?
Keep in mind that you are always competing with other employees, so you need to achieve more than they do, with behaviors that show you have an interest in the company's welfare more than in yourself.
It’s easier than you might think, and it will even give you the pleasure of having done more than expected.
I worked in two major corporations before starting my own business. I learned how to move up the ladder by using these methods, and I'll give you the details so you can do it too.
How to Prepare for a Job Promotion
You can get that promotion by letting management notice how you perform at work, how you handle your relationship with co-workers, and how you envision new ideas that benefit the company. Let's discuss all of that so you'll know what to do.
The following five considerations can bring you out from the dark and in full view of management—so you won't be forgotten when the time comes for promotion reviews.
- Show your boss that you understand the plans the company has for its future. Prove that you share the same goals and values.
- Reveal that you are determined to keep the main interests of the company as a top priority.
- Express how you feel about your job and how you are applying yourself.
- It’s always important to discuss what you’ve been working on and get feedback to ensure you're going in the right direction.
- Consider asking your boss to let you work on additional activities that can be helpful to the company. You might notice things that need improvement.
One thing to keep in mind: When you put the time into generating your own ideas, don’t let your other responsibilities suffer. Keep working on your assigned tasks and make sure you stay up to date with schedules.
Your efforts at providing solutions to different problems should only come after you complete your assigned duties.
Show That You Can Work on Your Own
Your career depends on what your manager thinks you’re capable of doing. That can have a significant impact on future advancements.
It's best to avoid asking your boss to help give you a solution to a problem without first giving it some thought on your own. Your boss will notice that you can think for yourself and are a problem-solver.
Do some self-studying to improve your knowledge of the company's products. If you don't find material that provides that information, ask for it. Your inquiry demonstrates that you have a desire to learn.
Establish That You Know How to Set Priorities
If you have a lot of tasks to accomplish, it's crucial that you set priorities, to get the most crucial job completed first.
If you need input from your boss, that's okay. The trick is to avoid complaining about feeling overloaded. Instead, ask for a schedule.
Discuss the importance of each step. That will help your boss recognize that you appreciate their opinion.
Besides, you'll feel less stressed because you'll know where to put your attention to complete each assignment one at a time–and on time.
Are You a Leader or a Follower?
When you take it upon yourself to do more than what is expected, you will be thought of as a leader. You lead by doing what no one else thinks of doing.
- Give your boss a vision of what you can be doing in a different position.
- You can work on improving procedures and share that with management.
- You can create a new way of looking at an old problem and write about it.
- Offer to work on other tasks you dreamed up in a way that is beneficial to the company.
- Provide a solution to a problem. That is a great way to show you understand the issues involved.
Propose Ideas That Benefit the Company
Always try to work beyond expectations. You can do that by thinking of things that need to be done before your next task is assigned to you. Look around. See what others are doing. Try to find areas that need improvement.
When you get the chance, pique your boss’s interest with a brief explanation of an idea you have that can benefit the company. In just a couple of sentences, describe the concept you envision and how it will help.
If management is interested, they will reach out to you for more details.
For example, offer a method that you thought of to enhance the working environment. It shows that you care to give back more than others, and you will stand out for having done it.
Reach Out to Help New Employees
Some companies don’t have printed material with information to guide personnel. If this is lacking where you work, and if you already know all that stuff, consider writing a training manual for new employees.
That will give them a reference guide they can turn to when they need help understanding how things are done in your company.
Of course, ask your boss first. See what he or she thinks of the idea. I’m sure it will meet with their approval, and it will put another plus mark on your list of achievements.
Show That You Are a Team Player
Show that you are a team player by helping other employees succeed. Try to notice others who stand out as a promising superstar in the company, and tell your boss about it.
When you display the feeling that you care more about the company than yourself, that could make you appear as management material, and it is one step closer to getting there.
You'll be trusted to work on more critical tasks that involve delegating to others. That could lead to a more prestigious position, and along with that comes more responsibility. That usually consists of a promotion.
Thrive for Excellence
You might think you need to achieve perfection. That is the condition of being free of all flaws or defects. Those qualities are difficult to confirm since a defect is not apparent until it shows up.
Therefore, it’s better to focus on excellence, which is the quality of being outstanding. That is noticeable every time you achieve such a success, and you want to be noticed! It's more convincing.
When you apply these methods, your boss will appreciate your efforts and recognize the work you do. That will have a tremendous impact on your career within your current employment because you'll deserve a promotion.
© 2009 Glenn Stok