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10 Things To Make You Highly Promotable At Work

10 Things To Make You Highly Promotable At Work

Wouldn’t you just love to know the answer to life’s greatest mysteries? Things like: Why aren’t there any synonyms for thesaurus? Why do hot dogs come in packages of six while buns come in packages of eight? What’s the secret to getting promoted at work?

As far as the first two questions go, perhaps the world will never know. But it just so happens that there is an answer for how you can make yourself promotable, and it isn’t as much of a secret as you might think. Read on for a list of 10 qualities of highly promotable employees:

1. Humility

Unlike prideful people who feel like they already know everything, humble people recognize that they have more to learn, and as a result, they have much more potential for growth. They aren’t afraid to ask questions and they will take on any task they are given, believing that nothing is beneath them. In a world filled with people who use every chance they can get to broadcast how awesome they are, being humble definitely gets you noticed, and it makes you appear that much more awesome.

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2. Team Players

Most workplaces are collaborative in nature, so it logically follows that if you want to get promoted, you have to play well with others. People who are team players know the individual strengths that different co-workers bring to the table, and they approach tasks and projects in a way that positions the entire team to be successful.

3. Empathetic

Highly promotable people understand the frustration of feeling like your voice goes unheard or is unappreciated. So they empathize with their fellow employees and seek to help them with whatever challenges they’re facing.

4. Adaptable

Successful companies are always asking: “How can we do things better?” In an effort to make improvements, better policies and procedures must be put in place, and employees must be able to adapt to them quickly. In fact, in an increasingly ‘flat’ world, where we are becoming more interconnected than ever before and new advances in technology are being announced every day, being seen as rigid and inflexible could actually be detrimental to your career.

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5. Action-Takers

People who are highly promotable don’t have to be told to do something. They see what needs to be done, and they go ahead and do it. And not only do they do it, but they do it well. It’s one thing to be able to come up with ideas and plans, but quite another to put those ideas and plans into action. Promotable employees know how to execute plans with effectiveness and make changes when necessary.

6. Leaders

These people aren’t afraid to voice their opinions. They are knowledgeable and passionate about what they do, and they are eager to share their ideas with others because they have a strong desire for the company as a whole to be successful.

7. ‘Glass Half Full’ Perspective

People who are noticed and get promoted always see the sunny side of things. Rather than viewing setbacks as roadblocks, they see them as challenges that can be used to their advantage. In the face of adversity, they are always trying to find a way to be successful, and more often than not, they will find it.

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8. Self-Directed

Today, with more people working from home and other remote locations, it’s absolutely essential that employees possess autonomy. Being able to self-manage and self-direct is crucial to getting projects completed on time and making sure that all criteria are met. Employers have a lot to do without micromanaging their employees, so an employee who can manage his or herself has definite promotion potential.

9. Focus on What Matters

On a daily basis, employees are bombarded with emails, faxes, phone calls, meetings, conference calls and a thousand other things that demand their time and attention. A truly great employee will be able to prioritize what’s important. They can effectively discern what absolutely needs to get done right away and what can be put on hold until later.

10. Fred-like Flair

In his book The Fred Factor, Mark Sanborn discusses four principles that he believes will help you approach your career and life in general with creativity, enthusiasm and energy. Those four principles are self-reinvention, making a difference, cultivating relationships, and creating value. People who have the ‘Fred Factor’ are consistently doing those four things because they are passionate about their careers, and they believe their professions infuse their lives with a sense of meaning and purpose.

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Getting promoted might sometimes feel like some sort of elusive mystery, but it’s actually very do-able and entirely within your control. Approach your job with the essential qualities listed above, and with a little time and practice, one day soon that corner office could be yours!

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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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