Why You Are Not Getting Promoted At Work And How To Fix It

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Why You Are Not Getting Promoted At Work And How To Fix It

Are you not getting promoted at work and wondering why?  I am here to shed light on some of the common reasons as to why you are not getting promoted at work and I tell you how to fix it.

Why You Are Not Getting Promoted at Work And How To Fix It

You Are Not getting promoted at work because You are LazyWhy You Are Not Getting Promoted At Work And How To Fix It

Yeah I know this is a hard reason to digest.  It does not matter if you think you are not lazy but you have to look at your work ethic through your supervisor’s eyes.  Some things that show you are lazy in your bosses eyes is putting forth bad quality or sloppy work, not doing your job, or under performing. If you are lazy on your job then why would a company promote you to take on more responsibilities when you are not good at your job now.

To remedy being lazy then you need to not be lazy.  When you do a project or complete a job at work then do not give the bare minimal effort but go above and beyond to ensure that you put off good qualify work.  Do the job that you were hired to do and do it well.

You Are Not getting promoted at work because You Are Not Reliable

Not being reliable comes in the form of saying you are going to do something but you don’t (check out my blog on how your word is your bond).  If a boss gives you a deadline to complete something and you don’t do it on time then you are proving yourself to be an unreliable person. If you are supposed to be at work at a certain time but you are late most days then you are proving yourself to be an unreliable person. If your company cannot rely on you to come to work on time and meet your deadlines on time then why would they give you a promotion?

If you really want to reverse the past unreliable behavior then finish things before they are scheduled and do a great job. I do not care if one of your job duties is mopping the floor.  It should be the best mopped floor in the history of man and it should take you a fraction of the time it normally takes you do to it.  You can also show up to work early if you have a track record of being late.

You Are Not getting promoted at work because Your attitude sucks

You can be a hard worker and a reliable person but if people do not like being around you that could be the reason you are not being promoted.  Some signs of a bad attitude is that you are always catching an attitude with someone, you are always complaining, no one likes to talk to you, you are always gossiping, and starting drama at work.

This is not the Devil Wears Prada and being a jerk at work only works in Hollywood not at the everyday job.  You do not have to make friends with people at work but you should be friendly.  People should feel comfortable coming to you, speaking to you, and asking you questions.  A way to remedy a bad attitude is to just fix it, be friendly to everyone even when you don’t feel like it (check out my blog here on how to deal with difficult co-workers and bosses), and stop the work place drama.  Even if the other employees are the sources of the drama and causing you to have a bad attitude a real leader knows who to rise above all of that and still be positive.

You Are Not getting promoted at work because You Are Not an Assertive communicator

There is a difference between assertive communication and aggressive communication (see my blog here).  When I say be assertive I do not mean be mean and bully people at the workplace.  When I say be assertive you need to communicate in a clear and concise way that is able to get things done. The opposite of assertive communication is being scared to talk to people or to make your point known. It is hard to get a promotion if you do not know how to communicate effectively with other people, especially if you are looking to be a supervisor.

When you are not able to communicate effectively people see this as a weakness.  To work on this area not only do you need to practice your communication but you also need to practice your communication with your supervisor or the one that is giving you a raise.  Vocalizing that you want a raise and why you are the best candidate for the position.

Why You Are Not Getting Promoted At Work And How To Fix ItYou Are Not getting promoted at work because You Do Not Go Above and Beyond

I know most people do not want to do things that are not within their job description.  But if you want a promotion that is exactly what you have to do.  Go above and beyond to prove that you are ready for additional responsibilities.  So no more “that is not my job” or “I do not want to do that” if you want to get a promotion then you need to make those things your job and you better figure out a way to do it and be happy about it. How can you want additional responsibilities though a promotion if you are not willing to take on additional responsibilities.

You are Not getting promoted at work because you Are Fading Into The Background

You could be a great worker, be an effective communicator, and all of the above but for some reason your efforts are going unnoticed. And if your efforts are going unnoticed then no one is going to promote you because they do not see how awesome you are.

In this case you have to find a way to make yourself known.  I am a huge advocate of being humble so don’t run around bragging about what you have done.  That is a turn off.  But if you are fading into the background you have to figure out why that is.  If you are doing a lot of work but someone else is taking credit for it then that is why your efforts are going unnoticed.  If you just come to work do your job within your little corner of the room and do not say anything to anyone not even a hi, that is why your efforts are going unnoticed.  People don’t even realize you’re at work!

You have to find a way to stand out without being pushy.  That could mean stepping up and doing a project that would put you more in the center of attention or simply being more social at work and friendlier to everyone.  Most people who get promotion get a promotion because they are noticed for doing a good job, if you are not noticed for even being an employee no one is going to want to promote you.

You Are Not getting promoted at work because of Your Appearance

Appearance can mean a lot.  If you are in an office job and your clothes are always wrinkled or your clothing is way too tight then it is harder to get a promotion. If you want to be a leader on the workplace then you have to dress like a leader.  A very poor appearance shows the lack of effort you put in when coming to work.  And it will indicate that if you do not care how you show up for work then you do not care about the work you do.

You are Not getting promoted at work because You Are Not QualifiedWhy You Are Not Getting Promoted At Work And How To Fix It

It does not matter how long you have been in the company if you do not meet the criteria for the position then you will not get promoted.  You could be in a company for 10 years and the position you want to move up to may require a Bachelor’s degree while you only have a high school diploma.  Or it may require a MBA while you have a Master’s in child hood education.

A second way for you not to be qualified is for you not to be knowledgeable.  Even in your current position you should be learning as much information that you can.  Just because you work in a company already does not mean that you are the most qualified candidate if you are not knowledgeable. Working in a company that you want to get a promotion gives you an advantage.  You should not only master your position but also the position you want to move up to. You can get some tips on my blog what to do when you are underemployed (click here).

You are Not getting promoted at work because You Did Not Apply

This may seem like the most common sense thing.  But there are many companies that they have to post the job to everyone and even if you work in the company you need to apply for it.  So thinking that someone is just going to come up to you and give you a promotion because you are you may not happen.  It may be within the company’s policy that they have advertise the job.  In which case you need to apply.  And you need to point out on your resume the skills that you have that are required for the position.  Applying is half the battle, the other half is standing out on your resume (click here for resume tips).

These are some common reason why you are not getting promoted at work. But more than anything self-awareness goes along way.  And having self-awareness about how you are perceived in the workplace will tell you why you are not getting promoted at work more than anything else.

Why You Are Not Getting Promoted At Work And How To Fix It