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Reasons Why You Are Not Getting That Promotion At Work

Updated on October 7, 2013
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Jeannie has been writing for HubPages for over 5 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.


Always Falling Short

You've been working at ABCD Company for over 10 years now, but you never get that promotion. Sure, they might throw a Christmas bonus your way here and there, but you never get the position or the raise you really want. So why not?

Perhaps the secret to your unsuccessful time working at your job is not so secret. Maybe it has been in front of you all along, but you just can't accept it. Well, I am here to help you determine why you are not getting a promotion at work. This might just save you a lot of time and heartache. However, it is pretty likely it won't. You might just have a laugh; you might not even do that.

Reason 1: You're Annoying

Yes, I said it. You are annoying. Just accept it. When you walk in the room, do co-workers walk away from you? Are you no longer invited to lunch with other employees? Do people roll your eyes when you ramble on at meetings? Yep, you are annoying.

Basically, as long as no one likes you, you are going to have a tough time getting a promotion. Maybe it isn't even you; maybe it is the culture at your job. Perhaps you just don't fit in. For whatever reason, your co-workers think you are a major nuisance and until you figure out how to stop that, no promotion for you.

Reason 2: You Smell Funny

Did you know that 18% of the time people don't get promoted at work, it is because they smell like a tuna fish sandwich? OK, I totally just made that up, but let's face it, no one wants to promote a stinky pants. If you smell weird or eat smelly foods all the time, no one is going to like you. So now, take a shower and pack a better smelling lunch for work!

Reason 3: You Don't Know What You Are Doing

Bless your heart if you'd like to get a promotion, but don't know the first thing about anything at your job. If you hear people snicker behind your back when you attempt to work the copier, but can't figure out what the "Start" button means, you might not get that promotion. On a positive note, I am proud of you that you figured out how to even find this hub you are reading right now. Go you!

If you haven't the slightest idea what is happening at your office, but you'd like to be in charge of it, that is nice and ambitious, but it probably isn't going to happen. You might be able to get a promotion by showing some enthusiasm and brown nosing a bit, but you'd be way better off taking some classes to improve yourself and working harder to understand your job.

Reason 4: You Are Already the Boss

Yeah, what are you doing reading this? If you are already running the company, don't waste anyone's time with this. You can promote yourself, give yourself a raise, or change your job title anytime you want. Maybe you can even hire someone else to run the company so that person can give you a promotion. Time to stop being so weird and stop reading this hub.


Reason 5: Brown Nosing is Not Your Thing

At many companies, you need to just simply suck up to the boss a lot. It is really all there is to it. Brown nose your way to a promotion! Sure, none of your co-workers will like you, but hey, you got that dream job.

You say brown nosing is not your thing? Keeping your dignity and your friends at work is more important to you? Well, you are just not going to get that promotion at some companies. Go ahead and try actually earning that promotion; that takes way too long.

Reason 6: Sleeping on the Job

Considering you've been caught several times taking naps in your cubicle, you are lucky if you still have a job. Trying to get a promotion might be a bit far-fetched. This is especially the case with all that snoring.

If you'd really like to get promoted, it is time to start drinking lots of caffeine, getting enough sleep at night, and pretending to be alert. If all else fails, you are going to need a doctor's note describing why you are so sleepy all the time. They can't discriminate against you now!

Reason 7: You Keep Stealing Office Supplies

OK, you are not fooling anyone. Everybody at your job knows you've been taking all the red ink pens and the new stapler. That is bad enough, but when you stole all the extra toilet paper out of the office restroom, that was an all-time low. That stuff isn't even soft!

Sure, if you got that promotion, you could probably afford to buy your own office supplies, but honestly, you don't need a surplus of Post-It notes at your home anyway. If you stopped being dishonest, perhaps you might get a promotion after all.


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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much! We have some folks at my job that are guilty of that smell and the director hates it. Guess we know where they stand with promotions, huh? ;-)

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    Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

    OK - I'm still laughing about the tuna fish sandwich smell and I will be for a while. Funny hub.

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    donnah75 - Yes, the smelly food can be an issue. I have co-workers that eat boiled eggs and tuna fish on a regular basis. Yuck! I like to get them back with cooked broccoli. :-)

    Alecia Murphy - You are right. The people that are frequently late are so annoying, although they do still seem to get promoted at my job. Good thing we don't have a traditional punch card system here!

    Thanks for your comments!

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    Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    Yeah smelly people don't do well and neither do office supply thieves! I'd also like to add people who are frequently late as well. That would fit into annoying if you ask me- not knowing how to come in on time without causing a ruckus.

    I've dealt with all types of personalities at work and I think the key to getting ahead is being yourself without crossing others' boundaries.

    Fun hub!

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    Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

    Hysterical, and sadly some of your points describe some of my co-workers. There are a few in every bunch! No promotion worries where I work, though, as I am a teacher. I will say, that in my classroom there is a "no smelly food" rule. If a student wants to snack during study hall, find, but if it smells bad, I send them far away :)

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    drbj = Wow, I can't believe you actually knew someone who did that. I knew college students that used to do that, but not co-workers. Thanks for sharing that!

    Austinstar - Hahaha... sorry you had to go to work stinky once. It happens to the best of us. As long as it is not a regular thing I think you are OK. Thanks for the comment!

    Weekend Reader - Sometimes it is best just to accept your limitations in life. I doubt I am getting promoted anytime soon, too. :-) Thanks for checking out my hub!

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    Cindy D Whipany 5 years ago

    One day, while talking about a fantastic restaurant manager I'd met, I said, "Of course, I have no people skills." My boss interrupted with, "Ya think?" So I totally get Reason 1. I have no expectations for a promotion.

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    Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Man, I only went to work stinky one time! The water heater was out and I by golly was not going to take a cold shower. Screw that! I wiped down all the stinky parts I could find, but I guess that wasn't enough, huh?

    I don't like those idiotic brown nosing co-workers anyway. How do they smell stinky people with all that crap under their noses anyway?

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    drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

    I can't stop laughing, Jeannie - I just read about the coworker who stole toilet paper from the office (restroom) - just like someone I once unfortunately knew. That has to be the depth of depravity. Thanks for the laughs, m'dear.

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    RealHousewife, hahaha, you and your constant desire to get fired from your job. ;-) Thanks for checking out my hub!

    bizna, yes, sometimes the truth really hurts. In some ways, it is usually obvious why a person is not promoted, even if it is through no fault of their own. Thanks for your comment.

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    JUDITH OKECH 5 years ago from NAIROBI - KENYA

    Yes, you have just called a spade a spade and not a big spoon. This hub is very useful. Though the truth is bitter and it might hurt someone, a second thought will make one work on his/her weaknesses.

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    That is hilarious Jeannie - I was on a forum one day and admitted I was switching screens between working and chatting...this girl commented to me that, "she would expect to be fired if she was online during working hours"...oh pleeease! I have been sending memo's to my husband about my horrible work habits and he just won't fire me! I just wish it was that easy.