For many, receiving that earned promotion can be an intangible thing. You work hard, probably harder than those who have already been promoted, you are excellent at your job and you always have the company’s best pursuits in mind. Why then has your boss not compensated you with a promotion?
If you are convinced that your work performance is up-to-snuff and you have been with the company long enough to justify a promotion, it is time to take a look at why this has not happened for you yet. Quite often, it is not your achievement that is holding you back, but other factors that you may have neglected or forgotten.
Here are 5 tips that may help you get a raise.
- Revisit your last performance review. Were there areas there that your boss had advised needed improvement? Did he/she focus the conversation more on one phase of your job than on others? This may be a sign that you need to channelize a little attention to developing that skill.
- Do not eat your lunch at your desk. You may think eating your lunch at your desk while working through your break makes you look like a devoted worker but your boss may look at it as anti-social behavior. Your boss needs to witness that you get along with your co-workers.
- Associate in creating solutions. Another benefit of eating lunch in the lunchroom with your peers is the fact that eventually conversations always turn to work-related problems. Being aware of these obstacles and taking part in developing solutions will help you be a more valuable employee.
- Never engage in office gossip. Although this is sometimes a very hard thing to do, you should not be among the group who spends time babbling about other co-workers. When someone tries to draw you in, make it clear that you are not interested. Eventually, they will stop inquiring you out for those types of unfavourable activities.
- Are you dressed for a promotion? This may sound ridiculous, but sometimes a promotion is not granted because of your wardrobe. Take a look at the people who are getting the promotions. Do they dress differently than you? The boss has to envision you in the position you want and therefore, you must look the part.
These are five easy changes you can make that can have a big impact on how your boss views you and why he may be transferring you over for promotions. Make those changes and see if the position you are longing for is handed to you the next time it becomes available. Getting a promotion is not just about job performance, it is about the big picture and promoting yourself as a relevant part of the company.