You deserve that promotion; you can feel it in your bones. You’re at work early, you stay out of company drama, and there is no way you wont get it. In fact, you’ve already been calculating how you will spend your new raise; a new pair of boots, or a well deserved vacation. Fast forward 1 month and you realize not only did you not get the promotion, but also someone else did.
At one point or another, most of us have experienced the scenario above. It can be heart wrenching, confusing and cause you to begin resenting your co-workers. When you’re in the thick of a situation like that, it’s hard to take an objective look at the reasons why you may have not gotten the promotion you felt you deserved.
Below are some helpful tips that will assist you in improving your worth to the company, fulfill you more as a professional and who knows, they might even help you get that promotion you’ve been pining for.
1. Be a Team Player
Not interested in politics? Well, unfortunately for you, everyday in the office is riddled with team politics. Whether you’re starting a new job or have been at your place of employment for a while, it’s important you learn the rules.
Many organizations follow a team mantra of “Client, Company, Self”. Did you notice that company comes before self? When you work as a team you can all revel in the success as a group. What is good for the company is most times good for you as an individual. When you refuse to work together as a group it can cause conflict, decrease productivity.
If you don’t work in an environment that encourages or requires much collaboration there is an opportunity for you to step up. Speak with your supervisor and recommend some team building activities that will help your organization become a well-oiled machine.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help
Pride should never get in the way of you doing a good job, bottom line. If you’re too stubborn or too afraid to ask for help, the one you are hurting most is yourself.
If you become aware of your strengths and limitations and address them head on, you will be able to recognize when it’s time to reach out and ask for help. Perhaps you have a good creative eye but are not good at pulling all the pieces together to complete a finished product. Reach out to another team member who exhibits strength in that area and ask for their input. Not only will you have a better result but you’ve strengthened your relationship with that co-worker by going to them for help.
3. Take Constructive Criticism Well
We would all like to believe that we are always right. Unfortunately, there are some areas where we can all stand to make improvements. One of the hardest things to learn is to take criticism or coaching well.
Sometimes it’s easy to take things personally or feel that we’re being personally attacked. However, there is a lot to be learned from our mistakes.
Next time your manager sits you down to provide feedback, try a different approach. Instead of allowing your blood to boil, try your best to soak in what is actually being said. You might be surprised. Remove your personal feelings from the situation and begin writing down the feedback being given.
4. Take a Real Interest in Your Team
The dynamic changes when you work in a small versus a large office. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a little extra time to get to know the people you spend the majority of your waking hours with.
Personally, I make a point of taking a lap in the office at least once a day and saying hello to everyone I pass. Our team also goes on group walks as part of our wellness initiative and that provides an opportunity to speak with individuals you may not interact with on a daily basis.
Find a tactic that works for you and make a point to do it regularly.
5. Never Stop Learning
One of the biggest mistakes we can make is becoming comfortable in our job. Once that happens you’re simply dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s. You can’t solely rely on your supervisor or leadership to provide all the education you need.
Take charge of your professional career and begin educating yourself. If you’re not finding innovative new ways to do your job or improve efficiencies, then you’re not trying.
In addition to conferences and other events, you can find many free resources online no matter what your profession.
Nothing happens overnight and changing your habits takes work. I will tell you one thing however, you won’t regret taking the extra care and time to improve your professional development. Who knows, you may not get that promotion right away but if you follow the tips above you’re setting yourself up for a healthier, happier professional life.