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Get Promoted In Ways Most People Don’t Know

Get Promoted In Ways Most People Don’t Know

There are a lot of different tricks out there to get promoted, but many are so widely known that the effects of the strategies get diluted with all the people who are trying to attempt them. If you’re looking for less common tips to get promoted, look no further. Below is Lifehack’s guide to ways to get promoted in ways a lot of people aren’t aware of.

1. Seek Out Ways To Improve Your Place Of Work

There’s little as impressive as solving a problem that your coworkers and boss didn’t even know existed. If you keep an eye out you are sure to find some kind of flaw that’s slowing down or prohibiting workflow. Don’t overstep your bounds in your search (like by criticizing a co-worker to your boss) but feel free to look for things that would only require a small fix to increase productivity.

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2. Have A Slightly Competitive Relationship With Your Boss

A “yes man” is boring, and can only go so far. Don’t be too afraid to treat your employer like a peer. Just because he or she is higher up the ladder than you at the office doesn’t mean you have to be their lackey to get along with them. Build up a friendship or, even better, build up a bit of a friendly rivalry between the two of you so that your boss thinks of you as an equal. You may even become someone who your employer thinks deserves a status at the workplace equal to their own.

3. Be Neutral If You Can’t Be Positive

You can’t be chipper everyday; we all have ups and downs throughout the week and month and year. However, a priority should be placed on avoiding negativity at all costs. It’s okay if some days you simply do the tasks set before you and mostly keep to yourself. It’s a problem if you spread your negativity around to other people in the workplace. It’s unfortunate, but your co-workers and your boss will often remember you based on how you acted on your worst day. Keep a bad day from becoming detrimental to your mission to get promoted.

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4. Lead Where You’re Able

If you have a map to the Promised Land, feel free to get your Moses on. Likewise, when a project comes up that you know you’ll excel at, don’t hesitate to ask for a chance to demonstrate your leadership. Followers are quickly forgotten, but leaders are long remembered. If a task comes up that you think you can do effectively and efficiently, rise to the occasion so that people will take notice of you on your best day.

5. Follow When You Need To

Followers may be quickly forgotten, but there are some things that you don’t want to be remembered for. If a project arises that you know you won’t do particularly well at, carefully consider whether or not you should really take a prominent role in it. If you’re not going to get good attention for what you do, you probably don’t want to get any attention at all. Some people are a little too eager to be in the spotlight when they should really be picking their spots wisely.

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6. Keep Adapting

Your role at your place of work will always be in flux. That’s life, and that’s certainly business. Be sure to take advantage of the good changes and roll with the bad ones to the best of your ability. People will take notice when you’re the first to embrace a new facet of the job, maybe even enough that they’ll want you to get promoted to a better position!

Featured photo credit: Pascal via flickr.com

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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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