Top Stories

Grid List

Every employee wants to get promoted. Whether it’s for an increase in status, power, salary or just to feel recognised. You don’t want to be working at the same level, doing the same job with no sign of career progress for years. So how do you stand out from the rest of your colleagues to bag that big promotion?

Conventional wisdom states that one needs the following attributes to get a promotion: Be hard working, meet all the targets of your role, be efficient and find the most cost-effective solutions.

While the attributes above count towards you getting a promotion, you would be surprised to find out that bosses have an entirely different take on what it takes to get a promotion. These attributes are unlikely but they carry a lot of weight in bosses’ decisions to promote employees.

Bosses tips to stand out and get a promotion

  1. Challenge Your Boss

The big guys like to be challenged. This means having a voice, challenging their ideas, bringing constructive input and getting your point across with facts, to either change their mind or to help them see something from a distinct perspective. So basically, they enjoy some debate, but with sufficient facts to back it up.

  1. Don’t cause problems

Don’t be the employee that is always causing drama in the office. Bosses love employees who just get on with it and set their sails to a drama-free zone. That means being as sweet as pie to the co-worker you absolutely despise, no hissy fits over the printer that has decided to jam and most importantly, not fuelling a gossip infused chit-chat.


  1. Socialise with your colleagues during office events

We don’t mean hanging from the chandeliers with a drink in hand, crying hysterically for a promotion. Oh, please don’t! What bosses like, is someone who is social and friendly and attends the office parties! Participate in coming up with corporate gift ideas and help show value through promoting these products. It’s all about team building and creating a positive office culture. Don’t stand in your boss's way of trying to achieve this - attend the office party! And have a drink if you must! But don’t hang from the chandeliers - very important!

  1. Take notes & be organised

Taking notes and being organised will take you very far. This means jotting important things down, ensuring that nothing is forgotten, prioritizing the work you have and having a clear indication of where you are and what you still have to do. This will help you to deliver consistent results every time and on time.

  1. Give feedback – good or bad

Believe it or not, bosses like to receive feedback from you so that they understand the key issues employees have in their business, which helps the business improve. Do not be afraid to give positive and negative feedback if there is any. Bosses trust an employee who recognises the bad and has a solution for whatever that is. They like to be kept in the loop of what is actually going on, whether that be good or bad. Honesty and transparency are the keys, here.

  1. Have Zero Expectations

Don’t expect a promotion just because you have been doing the same job for a while because you will be disappointed. According to research by a leading recruitment agency, bosses prefer employees that don’t walk around expecting all the rewards to be showered upon them. They want people who are confident, know their worth, but don’t expect that anything should come from their good efforts. At the end of the day, being a strong employee was part of what you signed up for, regardless of where it might get you.

  1. Know and do your job well

Know what you need to do, what's expected of you and then just execute! Be the best at what you do. Ask your boss for feedback and for areas of improvement so that you know where you still need to develop. Realise that just because you think you are the best does not necessarily mean you are. What do your clients think, or what do the results of your (short term and long term) work say. Every boss wants to know that he can rely on you through thick and thin. He wants to know that you can do your job, but more importantly that you can do it well!

So, those are our top 7 tips from bosses to get you promoted. If you are ambitious, which I suppose you are as you are reading this post, you will try and implement these tips as best you can to land your next big promotion. 

Successful people live with integrity. They say what they do and they do what they say. They are trusted by those whom they interact with and they build healthy relationships with consummate ease. These relationships then help them to achieve bigger and better things.

Read more ...

These are the best habits for your career. Do what you say you are going to do, build trust in your relationships, listen, live and lead with integrity. Most importantly, dream big and don't let anyone hold you back.

Read more ...

If you are struggling at work, maybe the problem is not you but what you are doing. Take a closer look at the things you do, the habits that you have. Identify the destructive habits in your day. These could be the signs that you need a change in your career, as well as a change in your habits.

Read more ...

Successful people don't have more hours in the day, but they do have more time. This is because they know how to organize their lives. Keep in mind it all comes down to how you start your day. Get organized.

Read more ...

Are you ready for a change in your career? Does the thought of Monday morning make you anxious? These could be the signs that you are burnt out at work. This is not always the time to quit, but it could well be negatively affecting your habits and your career.

Read more ...

Hearing refers to the sounds that you hear, whereas listening requires more than that. The good habit of listening can really get you noticed in your career path and is a healthy habit for all your relationships. Remove all distractions and focus on what is been said.

Read more ...

Those moments when you think you may have just solved the worlds problems is not some magic moment, they come from people who have cultivated positive habits into their daily life that allows them to think differently, believe in themselves and look for inspiration in unexpected places.

Read more ...

Having a good work ethic is all about making the correct habits. Or possibly, even more important would be breaking the bad ones. Bad habits in the work place that will be stunting your career growth include texting to often and arriving late. Get to work on time and stop these negative career habits today.

Read more ...


Subscribe and receive a free copy of Herman Visser's #1 Best seller, "The Ordinary Millionaire" The Ordinary Millionaire

10 Things you MUST do if you want to lose weight

Subscribe and download a high quality infographic, "10 things you MUST do if you want to lose weight" 10 things you must do if you want to lose weight - infographic
Here at TheLifeHabit we strive to provide our readers and community members with only the freshest content across all age groups and content categories. This content needs to be of high quality and relevance so that we can make a real difference in people's lives. We feel that the best way to do this is to have numerous authors creating unique content for TheLifeHabit on a regular basis.

If you would be interested in contributing
to TheLifeHabit then please get in touch with us
or leave your e-mail address
  1. Invalid Input