You worked hard the year round and expect a promotion you feel you deserve. Great going! But before you pull up your socks for the appraisal time, take a look at 10 common mistakes that employees end up making when asking for a promotion.
Mistakes People Make When Trying To Get A Promotion
1. Trying too hard to woo the boss
Many a times employees get too focused on getting a promotion that all their endeavors start moving in that direction. One common mistake they do is to become ‘too sticky’ to their boss. If you are one of those kinds then do remember that most managers do not like such behavior and it can have a negative effect. It is always advisable to do your job well and be in line with the office culture. The chances of going ahead will be greater. However, giving occasional compliments to your boss is completely okay. Just make sure you do not go overboard with that.
2. Asking for too much at once
You must have heard the term ‘win-win situation’. Make sure the balance stays and you do not go asking for too much. Many employees demand a promotion, salary hike, additional privileges and more–all in one go. The only result it will have is to leave a negative impression on your boss. Analyze your position and priorities and then come up with your demands.
3. Thinking that work alone will lead to promotion
Yes, paying attention to your job responsibilities and adding up to your merit is the most important thing. But it is not the only thing! In today’s business environment company politics and other factors play a dominant role. If you want to climb further on the career ladder it is crucial that you observe your company culture and understand what else you need to focus on besides doing your job well.
4. Completing X period with company does not equals a raise or promotion
One of the most common mistakes made by employees, it is a misperception that completing so and so time with the company will lead to assured promotion or salary increment. As work culture advances, this old age practice is losing ground. Employers and managers have started gauging the value created by employees. The contribution made and value created have become the basis for selecting people for higher, more challenging (more paying) roles.
5. Trying to jump hierarchy
Every company has a hierarchy according to which job responsibilities are set. It is important to know one’s position and role in the company. Employees who try to impress seniors and managers by handling their responsibilities rather than doing their work can be understood as offenders. The right attitude at work is to complete one’s assignments on time (in a proactive manner), assist colleagues at parallel or junior level and check with managers for any added responsibility.
6. Missing on the importance of place and time
The conversation on performance review and promotion or raise requires a suitable place and convenient time. Make sure the venue selected for the meeting is suitable for such discussion. Also pre-scheduling the meeting with due consideration to manager’s availability and ‘mood’ is important.
7. No recent accomplishments to support your demand
As stated earlier, employees’ performance and the value they create are crucial for being considered for a raise or promotion. Make sure you did commendable on your job before you go asking for a promotion. Give your boss a reason to appraise you.
8. Turning into the complaining type
There are employees who whine when outsiders are being interviewed for the position they are eyeing. This is inappropriate behavior and leads them into bad light. Also, comparing one’s work and achievements with those who were earlier promoted is not a good thing to do. It scars one’s professionalism and credibility. Never make any negative remark for others and take special care when putting it in writing.
9. Losing confidence too early
Employees at times lose their confidence of getting a promotion too soon. Make sure you have a complete discussion with your boss and put forth all the points you have to say. Do not back off too quickly if you see no response or uninterested gestures. Keep track of where the discussion goes and pace your determination accordingly. Follow up with your boss, better mention next steps at the end of your discussion.
10. Hopping off the bus at impulse
A huge mistake employees make is that they inwardly decide it to be hopeless to expect a promotion at their job. So they start looking for a new job. What one needs to do is to have a clear, well-thought discussion with the boss and convey their need for growth. Such impulsive job change can render your worthy job history a waste. A lack of tenure may leave you vulnerable at your new company. Also the title and job role offered may turn out to be misleading.