After dedicating a few years to your workplace, it is normal for an employee to expect a promotion. However, the truth of the matter is that being loyal to a single organization doesn’t always guarantee a promotion or a raise. While it is commendable and even respectable, you may see a new employee get that position you’ve been working towards all this time.
So, why exactly do bosses seem to overlook some employees while dishing out promotions? Many of them have admitted to this fact, even when said employees are people whose work ethic and productivity speak for themselves.
A Weighty Matter
This is understandably a weighty matter, looking at it from the employees’ perspective. They begin to wonder whether or not they are deserving of whatever promotions are available, and if they think that the manager is of the opinion that they are not, they start wondering why they haven’t been laid off yet.
However, these three bosses shed some light on why some employees may never get that promotion. Emily LaRusch is the boss lady at Back Office Betties, being the company’s CEO. She talks of an employee who has been a team player for the length of time that she has been in the company, but the CEO gives her no chance of ever climbing up the ladder.
As LaRusch explains it, the lady is reactive instead of being proactive. The two recently had a conversation where the employee was complaining of how her position at the company had become boring and how a promotion would be just the thing to make her job exhilarating.
Though the CEO didn’t say anything that would outrightly put her down, she knew in her mind that she would never hand her that promotion. For starters, who complains to their boss that their job is boring? Speaking to Business Insider, LaRusch says that instead of complaining, the employee should be figuring out how to improve her skill set in order to outperform her colleagues.
The CEO admits that this employee would be a perfect fit for more responsibility, but her reactive approach will be her own undoing.
Kelsey is a designer who’s been running a successful graphic design business for a while now. She tells Business Insider of this employee who has been under her employ for a couple of years. The guy is ever punctual, his work is perfect, and he never seems to do anything wrong. Why then, would she not promote him?
Apparently, this employee never does anything extra. He sticks to his job description and couldn’t be bothered with anything else that doesn’t fall under it. Kelsey says that she doesn’t expect him to, but when an opportunity to level up an employee avails itself, he wouldn’t feature on that list. She would prefer his other colleagues, those who do more than just what their job description requires of them.
For Melanie, an architect, the reason she isn’t promoting a loyal employee is something you wouldn’t have seen coming. As she puts it, this lady is as dedicated to her work as anyone can ever be, and heaping her with more responsibility will put her at risk of having a burnout. At her current level, she already does way more than is required of her that Melanie is considering giving her a raise.