A lot of people spend many years working in an organisation, but rarely get promoted. While others spend way less time in an organisation and get multiple promotions.
Why do this happen? Why should someone get promoted and another ignored for promotion?
1. YOU DEMAND IT
There are people who demand promotion; they are due and qualified for the promotion but don’t get promoted. This happens because they are only interested in getting promoted and not necessarily in the growth of the company, and many of them tend to base their reasons for getting promoted on their length of service.
Many people who tend to demand promotion get overlooked for promotion by management, even when they deserve it. In the eyes of the board, these people are trying to hold the company to ransom.
2. YOU ARE UNPROFESSIONAL
Many unprofessional employees tend to be ignored for promotion even though they have been at the company for a very long time. Having a poor relationship with other staffs, lateness & nonchalance, with a lackadaisical approach to work are some behind-the-scenes unprofessional attitude that could make the company’s management not promote you.
3. YOU LACK SOME TECHNICAL SKILLS
Employees with technical skills tend to be more valued than the rest, and these employees are easily promoted at the detriment of others.
4. YOU LACK SOME SOFT SKILLS
Teamwork, leadership skills, managerial skills, ability to work under pressure etc are some soft skills that employers look at before handing out promotion in certain job areas. You might be overlooked if you are deemed lacking in such areas.
5. YOU DON’T HANDLE CRITICISMS WELL
Employees who handle criticisms well, who take feedbacks and make the necessary corrections are valued by their firm. Employees like these are easily looked up for promotion compared to those who get defensive when they are being corrected or never take feedback.
6. YOU DON’T TAKE INITIATIVE
When you sit back and expect management to do everything for you, when you are always passive in your workplace; you rarely think ahead and never take initiative, you would be overlooked for promotion.
Employees who take initiative and look ahead to solve problems are more recognised in their workplaces.
7. POOR RESULTS
Employers look for results; they demand results in every task, and they want it to be consistent. When you aren’t giving good results or you aren’t consistent enough, you would most likely be overlooked for a promotion.
Have you been overlooked for promotion in your workplace, especially when you are due for promotion? Or have a new employee been given promotion while you remain stuck? If this is the case, take a look at who’s being promoted; what they do and the results they achieve.