It’s that time of year again, and another performance review has come and gone without that promotion. You’ve worked hard, you’ve sacrificed, and dammit, you deserve it. So why can’t your boss (or your boss’ boss) see that you are manager material? Check to be sure one of these habits isn’t getting between you and the next rung on the ladder.
1. You don’t ask for one.
Let’s assume that your boss is interested in helping you advance in your career. She wants to help you reach your goals. In order to do that, she needs to know what they are. Share your career goals with your boss and elicit her input on how you’re progressing toward that end. While in a perfect world, all hard work would be recognized automatically, in the real world it is far better to voice your aspirations. After all, your boss is only human. Help a sister out!
2. You don’t have measurable outcomes.
Do you know what it takes to get promoted? Instead of asking your boss to come up with career progression guidelines, share your ideas with her to get approval and feedback. You can check in on your progress toward theses goals and revisit them quarterly to ensure you’re on track for a promotion, or course correct where necessary.
Be sure that you truly understand what your boss means when she says you should ‘be more available.’ Don’t guess, share what you think she means in a measurable way and confirm her agreement. Ideally, in January 2018 you outline the outcomes you need to get a promotion and in January 2019 you’ve reached those goals and get the promotion. The magic will happen, however, in the conversations and check-ins you’re having along the way, the also ensure that there are no surprises at review time.
3. You aren’t self aware.
You might think you’re a shoo-in for that promotion because you’re blowing your goals out of the water, you never take a lunch break and you work harder than everyone on the team. All of that hard work, however, might mean that you don't have time to see how your actions are impacting those around you.
Take stock of how you’re feeling and the reactions of others regularly. Are people getting a glazed look in their eyes when you’re presenting? Do you ask questions and then interrupt 3 words into the answer? Do you even ask questions? Oftentimes promotions will not come without support from those around you at all levels, not just your boss. Slow down and notice, or ask about, how your co-workers view your efforts and achievements. How can you gain their support?
4. You’re hanging out with the "wrong" crowd.
Another perception issue arises here. No matter how well you’re doing in your job, it might be hard for others to notice if your work besties are constantly complaining, gossiping or garnering attention for happy hour escapades. Look at those who are getting the promotion you want or the attention you crave and see what types of behaviours they exhibit and the people with whom they surround themselves. Don’t let others’ unpromotable behaviour reflect poorly on you.
All of these habits can be easy to identify and break, so the promotion is probably closer than you think. You may have to slow down and reflect to find these bad habits, though. As you position yourself for a promotion at your next review, take time out each month to reflect on what you think has gone well, what could be better and any feedback you’ve received. This will help you identify bad habits or communication breakdowns early and and course correct where you need to, ensuring that when you get that next promotion it’s clear to everyone that it’s well deserved.
Alyson Garrido is passionate about helping women advance their careers and find jobs they will enjoy. As a career coach, she partners with her clients to identify their strengths and create a path toward a more fulfilling career. Alyson provides support around preparing for interviews, performance reviews and salary negotiations, ensuring that you present yourself in the best possible light for job search and career advancement. Learn more or book a session with Alyson by visiting www.alysongarrido.com.