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May 8, 2008

5 Reasons why you’re still not up for promotion

Filed under: work — Tags: , — marley howards @ 4:03 am

We all have our eyes on a certain position that may require more responsibilities, more hours but a higher pay. And more often than not, we are all shy in some way to ask for what a promotion out of fear of rejection and embarassment and a perception that we’re coming on too strong. So, here are a few things why you might still be stuck in the same desk for years now.

1. You slack around too much. If you’re always late, then the first one to go home before the cleaning lady or go on leave with all excuses imaginable every Monday or Friday or a day after the salary is given, or you submit your reports late or you submit them on time but are incomplete, then don’t complain why you’re still sitting on the same chair.

2. You play safe. Now, there is nothing wrong here, but have to grow. If you only do what is required and avoid little extras, then you’re just going to be stuck there for the rest of your life in that company. It won’t hurt to go on an extra mile.

3. You’re hard to deal with. By this, it means that you’re always a loud talker that everyone’s ears bleed whenever you talk because it’s too much and your vocal chords are probably damaged now. Also being difficult means you’re an endless complainer yet you don’t make changes yourself, then just keep quiet and don’t dream for a promotion.

4. You’re indispensable to your boss. It’s like you’re too good to be true for your job so your boss wants you for a keep. It’s like your boss can’t function at his best if you’re not on the team. So there, make a balance.

5. You got frienemies. This term comes from a combination that your friend in the office is your enemy too, but the weight leaning on the enemy side. If you have “issues” with your boss’ assistant or those at Human resources, then better make amends or don’t do anything to aggravate them or you might as well be submit your resumes to other companies.

Getting the job you want takes a lot of hardwork and a certain amount of socialization with those above you, those that are on the same level and even those who are under you in the organization chart. Some are contented in their positions because getting a promotion may mean a bigger paycheck but less time for themselves and the free time WILL be lessened, stress levels will be shooting up that you’ll develop heartburn or sever migraine.

Its up to you, if you want to be stuck in your comfort zone or you want to go a floor up.

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