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Determine if employees are promotable

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Grooming employees for bigger and better things in your organization is a key responsibility for managers. Here’s how to determine if employees are ready to advance within your organization:

  • Determine if an employee wants a promotion. Some staff members are happy with their current responsibilities and authority.
  • Look for signs that the staffer is ready for new challenges. Examples: Promotable employees volunteer for extra assignments, enjoy covering for you when you’re out of the office, or make an extra effort to learn about your organization or industry.
  • Assess the person’s communication skills. Quiet loners thrive in certain jobs, but usually not in high-level positions. Look for employees who can talk to—and will listen to—coworkers.
  • Examine the employee’s weaknesses. Will shortcomings prevent the person from doing the new job? If those weaknesses can be improved with coaching and training, provide it. If not, reconsider your choice.
  • Measure fit with the managerial culture. Promotion changes the type of work the person will do and the peers the person will work with. Look for a personal style that’s compatible with the level of the promotion.

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