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When do I get a promotion?

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in Leaders & Managers,People Management

It’s a question that, in some form, every hands-on manager sooner or later will hear: “When am I going to get promoted?”

The best answer is always the simplest and most honest: “When a position opens up for which you are the best candidate.”

Anything beyond that can sound like a promise, and you should never promise anything you can’t deliver.

But in the meantime, you have to deal with an impatient employee who may be more focused on the next job than the current one. Here’s what you can do:

If the employee is not ready for a promotion. Part of your job as a manager is to develop talent. Help employees identify career paths and goals. Connect them with mentors and offer them training opportunities that will improve their skills. Help them pay their dues faster by giving them responsibility for projects that you think are within their capabilities.

If the employee is ready, but no positions are available. Explore opportunities for lateral transfers that might make better use of his or her skills. Consider job-swapping opportunities that expose the employee’s talents to other managers, so that if a position opens up elsewhere, the employee has a head start.

Note: Not all employees will come right out and ask for a promotion, but may secretly desire one. Occasionally ask everyone if there is anything else they would like to try within the organization.

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