Everyone wants to get a promotion at work, but not all are willing to do what it takes to actually reach the next milestone. Since you’re reading this article, you’re certainly different in this regard, which is already a quality that will set you on the right path. Understandably, that alone is not enough, which is why we’ve put together a list of 7 things you can do to increase the likelihood of being promoted:
1. Be independent and capable of handling the job on your own
If you can make the lives of your superiors any easier by being resourceful and independently tackling the tasks, they will love you for it! As you can see, this allows them to go about their day with less stress and focus their time and energy into more important matters.
2. Don’t be afraid to present your point of view, even if it goes against theirs
The key thing, however, is to do it by making a good point and backing it up with concrete examples, evidence, or other relevant points of data. Being someone who constantly wants to argue just for the sake of it is the last thing you want to do.
3. Take initiative and solve the company’s problems without them asking you
Let’s say you notice someone can’t login or that person’s computer is acting up. Even though no one has asked you, be a helpful member of the team and fix these issues, provided you have the needed knowledge to do so. Even if not, online tutorials like ITProTV will turn you into a better IT professional, and – who knows – it could be just the knowledge you need to get ahead in your organization.
4. Avoid being negative or complain too much
No one likes people who complain or cause drama all the time, so unless the complaint is really something serious (like something that could potentially affect your health), it’s best to keep it to yourself. Instead, display positive personality traits like enthusiasm, positivity, and dedication.
5. Pay attention at all times
Take notes if you have to. In case something is not clearly laid out the first time around, there’s nothing wrong with asking for clarification. However, asking about it at a later date lets your boss know that you weren’t paying attention when you were supposed to, which is not the best impression to make.
Ultimately, running a business is about making money. If you’re an asset to the company you’re working for, not only will they be pleased to have you around, they will also be more than happy to give you a push through the ranks and entrust you with increasingly more important tasks and responsibilities. Therefore, always make sure to over-deliver; it will get you noticed.
7. Be flexible
Sometimes, a client may give an extra set of directions right in the middle of fulfilling the order. Instead of panicking, demonstrate a strength in character and take it as a challenge instead. In the end, who stands the highest chance of getting promoted if not the hero who saved the day?
These tips can’t guarantee anything (as nothing is truly guaranteed in life), but they will certainly help you raise the odds in your favor. Believe it or not, how you perform at work can and will influence your boss’ decision in a positive way.