promotion at work

How to get a promotion at work

It’s no secret that we all want to better ourselves. Especially at work where raising our game shows our employers how enthusiastic we are about the job.

Whilst we may enjoy our current position and subsequently the company we work for, a part of us always wants to climb our way up the ladder to get a promotion at work.

While this may seem like a pipe dream, there may be ways to help you get that promotion easier than you expected.

Here, we’ll explore what can help you to achieve a higher role, proving to your employers that you’re more than capable of moving to the next rung of success.

Be passionate

The way you feel about your job is the easiest way to impress your boss. If you show enthusiasm for the company and the work itself, they’ll recognise that you’re a model employee and may want to push you to a bigger position.

There may be days when it’s difficult to demonstrate your enthusiasm. But always try the best you can to maintain a positive front at work. Leave negative thoughts and events at the door as they’ll only hold you back.

However, it’s important that your passion doesn’t turn into arrogance. It has to be a perfect balance of humility and self-esteem, whilst identifying the importance of striving for quality within the workplace.

These are personal skills that your employer will have looked for in your interview. So, you just need to keep the positive momentum that they recognised in that first encounter.

Avoid conflict and/or gossip

This may seem more of a ‘secondary school thing’ to say, but sometimes ‘drama’ is present within the world of work.

It’s so easy to be sucked into gossip or arguments. You may be forced to pick sides and make decisions about your fellow colleagues. But, this can heavily impact on the way your employers see you, even when it initially was nothing to do with you.

As simple as it may sound, it’s best to ignore it. You don’t want to be accused of stirring the pot or gaining a bad reputation yourself.

Also, employers are always on the lookout for employees who work well within a group. This is another ability that could help you to get a promotion at work.

Remain impartial to others’ negativity to stop it spreading around and spoiling everyone’s day. This will help to create a positive work environment.

Help raise other team members’ performance

While your positive mental attitude to your role and work ethic is palpable, your colleagues may not demonstrate it as openly as you do. This could be because they’re struggling with tasks, or just have a general lacklustre for work.

Instead of competing against them, the best thing you can do is offer to help. This could be something as simple as offering them a cup of tea on your break, or giving advice on what to do as part of their working day.

Not only will you boost morale in the eyes of your employer, it also shows your ability to empathise with fellow employers.

Showing a deep respect  for co-workers is something that all right-minded employees should do. What’s more, the way you conduct yourself around colleagues who need someone to turn to will show why you deserve to get a promotion.

Show initiative and don’t ask too many questions

That’s not to say you shouldn’t ask questions. You can still ask ask them regardless of what position you’re in. After all, it’s better to do that than to guess what to do and make a big mistake at work.

But, if you ask too much every day, it gives the impression that you’re not confident in your abilities, which could make your employer uneasy about giving you a promotion.

There’s nothing wrong with using your initiative in the workplace. It shows your independency and vast knowledge of the role. When using your own idea, you’ll demonstrate other key skills such as creativity and imagination.

It’s also advisable to keep busy and to do something extra on top of what you do already. Creating more work for yourself shows your drive for doing the best you ca. It also demonstrates that you’re ready to take on more responsibility.

Ready to get a promotion at work?

If you follow this advice, a promotion at work could easily be on the cards. Going above and beyond what’s expected of you at work will help impress your employers and help you achieve something greater.

Need more advice? Check out our article on how to succeed in your first management job.

About the author: Emma Gullon is a guest blogger for CV-Library. As well as writing advisory blogs here, she also has her own blog, Curious Reviews, in which she writes reviews on theatre shows in the Yorkshire area.

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