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Millennials, Get Promoted in 2016 With These Tips

Millennials, Get Promoted in 2016 With These Tips

Millennials, it’s your year! Did you set a New Year’s resolution to get promoted by the end of 2016? You may think you’ve mastered the skills to earn that corner office, but the truth is, there is a lot more to it than you think. Start with these tips to get promoted this year:

Offer a helping hand.

Do you notice co-workers logging extra hours? Is your team understaffed due to a recent promotion or job transfer of someone on your team? Reach out to your co-workers and your boss and find out how you can help pick up the slack. Doing so shows not only that you’re a team player and going out of your way to help the team as a whole, but also that you are willing to take initiative, two great qualities for future leaders.

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More than merit.

Many Millennials make the mistake of thinking that promotions are based solely on merit, when in reality, hiring managers take a number of factors into consideration. What factors go into this decision-making process are unique to each company, so it’s up to you, Millennial, to analyze your company’s culture and determine what is most important. Does your company host frequent company parties or networking events that you tend to skip out on? Do you need to get involved with organizations in the community to get your name on the short list? Look to your senior managers and figure out what they did to get ahead and follow their lead.

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Get feedback.

The best way to know what you personally need to do to get ahead? Ask! Don’t be scared to share your career goals with your boss. Effective managers will encourage their team to pursue promotions, and will be able to give great advice on ways to stand out or improve skill sets. Ask how they got to their current position, and what advice they can share with you. Do you have areas where there is a glaring need for improvement? Be ready for constructive criticism, and show your boss you can handle it like a pro. It doesn’t hurt that having these conversations lets people know you’re interested, so if a position does open, your name could come up.

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Go outside your comfort zone.

Show leadership you’re ready and willing to take on a challenge by volunteering to work on a task outside of your comfort zone. Have you been tasked with finding a new team of convenience store distributors when you haven’t the slightest idea where to start? Work through the anxiety of the unknown, and prove to everyone you can succeed at new tasks. Not only will your initiative impress your superiors, but taking on a new task will allow you to grow professionally, forcing yourself to learn new skills that you normally wouldn’t be able to in your job role.

Fight the urge to gossip.

No matter how angry someone has made you, or how juicy the tidbit is, fight the urge to gossip. Even if you think you’re being careful with who you tell, guess what? Gossip always gets around, hence why it’s called gossip. You don’t want to get a reputation of spreading rumors around the office when you’re trying to move up in the corporate world. Plus, the people you’re talking about could end up being your boss, or your subordinate, leading to an awkward situation either way.

Before you try to work your way up the corporate ladder, the first step is knowing your leadership strengths and weaknesses. How? Use this free assessment, courtesy of Joel Goldstein, President of Mr. Checkout Distributors!

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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