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Ensure success after promotions

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Promoting your best employees can be scary because you risk throwing off the team dynamic and hurting its
performance.

Instead, ensure a smooth transition when you promote employees by following these tips:

  • Don’t promote multiple people at once. The changes can be overwhelming for staffers. Instead, promote employees one at a time, offering the promoted employee a chance to settle in—and other employees a chance to adjust—before you move someone else up.
  • Test employees first. Before you expect the team to get on board with the promotion, ensure that the employee can handle it. Assign the person to take on new assignments or lead a project to evaluate his or her leadership skills.
  • Gather feedback from employees. Ask them to offer suggestions for improvement. To avoid criticisms driven by jealousy, require employees to remain constructive and offer specific details about any shortcomings they see.

— Adapted from “Promote Your All-Stars Without Throwing Off the Team Dynamic,” Zeynep Ilgaz, Entrepreneur, www.entrepreneur.com.

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