What are the SEVEN things that could keep an employee from being promoted?
1) poor work ethics
3) absent from work
4) creates drama among co-workers
5) appearance (shabby dresser)
6) fail to follow instructions
7) not trustworthy
Grace....This can require very different "things" depending on the type of employment, what sort of company & one's position within. This is easily understood when we look at the stark difference between say perhaps a manual labor position or an administrative one.
However, common sense and a grasp of work ethics will tell us there are "basics" and rules of thumb, so to speak, that will better insure promotions.~or unfortunately hold someone back from advancing.
Providing an employee began with proper qualifications & a firm knowledge of the responsibilities & duties involved, a person should make it point to start with day One.
1. Punctuality is a must. This shows one's respect for the importance of scheduling & being well-prepared to start one's day
2. Appearance & Attitude: If a uniform is required, always be dressed appropriately in crisp clean & properly fitted uniform, comfortable, safe shoes, hair in place & a winning smile. If professional attire, dress conservatively & display confidence
3. Appreciate & address the importance of teamwork & respect for all fellow-employees. Be personable & helpful~always ready to listen and/or give instruction & delegate duties if necessary/follow instruction
4. Organizational skills must shine. Be certain to utilize time efficiently & remain on task to completion. Time is money.
5. Refrain from "socializing" except during down times & then be personable but NOT "personal." Keep private life private & stay clear of gossip & idle chit-chat.
6. Know your job! Have detailed knowledge of your tasks. Never hesitate to ask questions or seek assistance when necessary. Allow input from others & weigh options carefully.
7. Work independently as well as cooperate with others. Submit valuable ideas & be creative during staff meetings. And finally, be visible but never pushy with Superiors.
Many reported reasons lead to losing the job, not just lack of promotion. The glaring reasons I have seen repeatedly throughout decades of clients that keep jobs longer-term without being promoted are:
1) Ability. Person is very good at the job and a superior depends on this person, but does not give adequate pay raises - AND does not want to train a replacement, so does not promote the person. Person quits or retires and company must hire two people to do the job.
2) Failure to keep up with new technology and education. In some companies, Millennials who own multiple devices, use them at work, and use all the tech at work as well are promoted first, over older people who do not use the tech or increase education by ongoing professional development that is often free, sometimes offered at work.
3) Aging and/or Personal Presentation- See #2 above. Also, "old" stodgy attitudes, lack of flexibility, an "older" less attractive appearance, weight gain toward obesity, bad dental work, un-stylish clothing, poor posture, too casual an attitude, etc. - specific deficits depend on the workplace. It may be an illegal reason, but still the reason.
4) Doing enough work to "get by", but using o initiative or energy. The person does the job, not outstandingly, and it still will cost more to train a replacement than to keep the semi-slacker. (see #1)
5) Diversity - Sometimes a minority/physically challenged/female/other gender/other is purposely promoted for that demographic, sometimes is held back from promotion because of it, and in some workplaces, is treated equally as well/poorly as the majority.
Not know there is a promotion opportunity
Not make it known desire for a promotion even if another department
Not know how to apply for an internal promotion
Not know who does the promoting - department head vs human resources
Not know the job description
Not keeping personnel file current with new learned skills / education
Not make known of leadership positions outside the company/corporation
Not have the needed recommendations internal and external business structure
Not know the internal politics at hand. For instance getting your department head recommendation means that person will lose you for your present position.
As someone who came from an extremely sterile and stoic work environment, I can only offer my own observations regarding why a person doesn't get promoted at work.
1. Joking around and laughing too much in the office.
2. Showing up exactly at start time and leaving exactly when it is time to stop working.
3. Taking too many personal/sick days.
4. Showing up for work late.
5. Talking about coworkers, supervisors, and management.
6. Not dressing properly and not being groomed in a presentable manner.
7. Discussing your salary with other employees.
Lack of positions at the time or one position and many interested people-in my job I work for a union, ao the position goes to the person with the most amount of seniority first
Not do good on the interview-some positions require an interview-mainly management ones-if a person doesn't do good on the interview it goes good on to the next person
Not having the skills-whether leadership, technical, interpersonal or communication
Not being confident about the position
Not being a good worker in their current position-some people may just do the job and go home but not really put a lot of effort into their job that makes him stand out, They may take extra time on their breaks or have an attendance problem
Having an "I don't care attitude."
Not know there is a position available and not knowing how to apply for the position
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