Are you currently stagnating on the career ladder?
Do you dream of bigger and better things?
Are you ready to move up within your company?
If so, then promotion might be at the forefront of your mind. But if you’re not getting promoted? Then you need to consider the reasons why, because you won’t move far if you don’t get to the root cause of the problem.
Here are a few of the reasons why you might not have landed that promotion you have been so desperate for.
#1: There are hidden issues within the company you are working for
After being turned down for a promotion, you might take it personally. You might assume that your boss doesn’t like you, or you might think that you just don’t have what it takes. Both things might be true, but there might be issues within the company you are working for that you haven’t been made privy to. Especially if your boss is struggling to achieve business growth, he might not have the financial means to give you a higher-paid position. He might also see little point in promoting you if he knows the company is one step away from business failure.
So, look out for those signs that indicate there are hidden issues within the company, including financial cutbacks, temperamental moods within your boss, and reductions in staffing. It might be that you consider employment elsewhere if you do spot signs of trouble, as your next step on the career ladder could be within another company.
#2: You can’t climb any further
It might be that you have already climbed as far as you can go within your company. Career advancement isn’t always possible in one place, especially within smaller businesses, so you might want to look elsewhere for better career opportunities.
And if working for a larger company, you might struggle if you have already risen the ranks towards leadership. If management positions have already been filled, then you aren’t going to move forward anytime soon. While you could hang around hoping that a position will one day become vacant, you might want to consider looking for senior executive jobs elsewhere. Especially if you already have what it takes to move into any higher position, other companies might snap you up if you can showcase your credentials to them.
#3: You don’t deserve a promotion
Sure, you could complain about your boss, telling all and sundry that he is blocking your chances of promotion. But what if you are to blame? To get a promotion you need to earn the position, and if you have done little to work for it, then it’s understandable that your boss would overlook you.
Think about yourself then.
Do you have the training required for a higher position? If not, ask your boss for training opportunities or take the initiative to find them on your own.
Is your work reflective of a better-paid position? If you regularly cut corners at work, and if you make mistakes in what you are doing, then your boss is hardly likely to promote you into a position with greater responsibilities.
Do you behave well at work? Or do you turn up late, gossip with your colleagues, and take longer breaks than you should? If you are guilty of any of these things, then it’s no surprise that you haven’t been gifted with a promotion.
To earn a promotion, you need to take the necessary steps to earn it. If you don’t, you will be forever hanging around on the bottom rungs of the career ladder.
#4: Your boss doesn’t know you want to get promoted
You can’t get mad at your boss if he has little idea about your desire for a new position. It might be that he has been too busy to notice the good work you have put in, or he might have assumed you were happy in your current position. Sometimes, you need to toot your own horn and put yourself on your bosses radar.
So, do one of two things. Firstly, wait until your annual review, and then speak to your boss about your goals. Or if your annual review is months away, and you know promotion opportunities are available, arrange a meeting with your boss and let him know about your ambitions.
If, after asking your boss for a promotion, he tells you no, remember our suggestion earlier, and try not to take it personally. There might be reasons behind his decision that have nothing to do with you. Still, it is worth asking him why he said no, as he might be able to give you a few pointers on what you need to do to earn the promotion you have asked for.
#5: You have a bad boss
Sorry to say it, but if you aren’t getting a promotion, then it might be to do with the attitude of your boss.
It might be that he is afraid of his own position, so especially where leadership positions are concerned, he might be unwilling to let anybody else rise the ranks.
It might also be that your boss doesn’t want to pay you a higher salary. While this makes sense if the company can’t afford it, it might simply be the case that your boss doesn’t value his employees enough to pay them what they deserve.
Your boss might also have problems with you, and while you might be at fault in some way, it could be that he has a judgemental attitude because of your gender, race, age, or some other discriminatory factor. If this appears true, then you have the right to seek legal help. Your boss is breaking the law, and you might be owed compensation for the actions he has taken to block your progression.
Ultimately, it might be in your best interest to look for work elsewhere. A bad boss is intolerable at the best of times, but especially if you’re struggling to get promoted because of his attitudes, it probably isn’t worth your time remaining under their employ for much longer.
Thanks for reading!