Everyone in employment wants to get promoted. Sure, there are downsides to the whole going up in the world thing – such as more responsibility – but there are plenty of bonuses too, like being recognized for all your hard work and – oh who are we kidding – getting a salary increase. The problem is, getting a promotion requires some things from you. We’re not talking about being more enthusiastic when the boss is talking or showing more passion when you are away from the office; we mean there are specific actions you can take.
This isn’t us just making stuff up either, this is us relaying exactly what some real-life bosses told us they look for in an employee when considering a promotion. And, trust us, some of the answers are pretty surprising.
Be Brave And Challenge Your Boss
This may sound like the kind of advice you would hear on a list about how to get fired from your job, but it is actually one of the things bosses look for in people. Why? Probably because you challenging them reminds them of how they were when they were young and hungry. Just to clarify, there is a difference between arguing with your bosses and challenging them. Basically, challenge their thinking, and arm yourself with facts, stats and examples that explain why and you’ll be in line for a promotion.
Speak With More Authority
We’re not saying you need to shout louder than the rest, be brash or speak over people in order to have your voice heard, but we are saying you should look for ways to improve speaking skills so that you can speak with more authority. A lot can be said for the confidence in which you deliver a message or the way in which you motivate those around you or the manner in which you explain things to clients, all of which will be noticed by your boss.
Ask How To Help
When you are a kid, asking a question is so embarrassing you’d rather not learn the correct answer than run the risk of being mocked for twenty seconds. However, in business, asking how you can help is one of the best things you can do. We’re not saying you should hover around your boss and be a suck-up, but by asking if there is anything else you could be working on or find out how else you could push the company forward will be cherished by your superior.
Go To The Office party
Office parties are as important to employees as golf courses are to presidents. That is what bosses believe anyway. They look at you skipping the office party as you missing out on a chance to socialize with your co-workers and thus you missing out on office news. In Layman’s terms, you are putting up a barrier between you and your colleagues – the people you are meant to be collaborating with eight hours a day. Just think about it. The next time there is a chance for an employee to go places with their career, is what’s her name from you know where, the one who never comes to works events, going to be in the running, or will it be Jess from sales who always makes an effort?