By Mariola Hinton LL.M. PGDip. 14 January 2017
How to get promoted!
To achieve promotion is a complex process. Aside from having formal, basic requirements such as the right experience, skills and work ethic, you have to have an attitude that will demonstrate a high level of involvement and responsibility towards the company, and show commitment and diligence in performing your tasks.
In order to get promoted you should present an appropriate attitude in keeping with your employers expectations. In this article, we present you particularly useful ones.
Be flexible and open to change
Nowadays, flexibility and openness to change seem as essential as a proper education, because, without them, possibilities and opportunities will not be available to you. Speaking of openness to change, we mean something more than “if I have to, I will change”. You have to make sure your flexibility and openness to change comes from your beliefs; that change is the foundation of your development and is good for you. How does one externalise this attitude?
A person that is open to change will react enthusiastically to any possibility of company development. Moreover, the person will also initiate it. For example, if the work could be improved by using a new computer program, that person will initiate the idea of a new program, even though this means they will have to learn how to use it. In addition, an important characteristic of openness to change will be flexibility in performing tasks, dealing with a problem and adapting to the current conditions.
Be a team player
A few years back it was commonly believed that if we are an expert in something we would rather not share our knowledge and experience with our co-workers as they could pose a potential threat to us and try to take our “place”. As a result, companies became bankrupt due to an increasingly unqualified staff base and a resulting lack of company development. Nowadays this approach is unacceptable and you will be rewarded for your ability and willingness to share your knowledge with your team members and in teaching other employees so they can develop themselves, you will improve their performance and hence your company’s growth. It is important to understand that moving away from the “competitors” approach into the “coorporation” approach is good and works well for both sides: you and the company. Your commitment in teaching others will be noticeable, recognised and rewarded by your manager/director, consequently putting you on the fast track to your promotion.
Creativity is a complement to the previously mentioned attitudes, and is greatly important in today’s workplace. Due to the continuous changes that occur in the world, the necessity of cooperation and attributing the increasing role of human resources is not enough to just execute tasks. The times in which one was rewarded simply for performing tasks under supervision and command has gone. We are in the era of independence, creativity, searching for new solution and moving away from an established routine.
Therefore in order to be promoted you have to show your potential for creativity and your positive and outstanding attitude, both of which will help to increase the growth of the company that you work for. A win-win for you and your company.