“There is just no politics in this place and everyone just gets along. Its such a happy place to work!”
Daydream, delusional ?
Wouldn’t that be nice – no politics and everyone just super happy – peachy keen!
I’m not sure if a politics free workplace is possible but I think a low political zone is possible when a workplace has :
- a high level of diversity
- open and supportive culture
- a culture of setting people up for success
- confident leaders
- a low amount of org change, job losses
- high profit
- incentives rewarded based on company performance
- a single pay rate for each job role
- managers are supported when managing out poor performers
- lots of training in positive culture and behaviours
- a simple set of values that are realistic for that industry
- low amount of overtime performed
- community focus
- well run teams are rewarded and a heroes are not
- a fun and consistent induction for new starters and a welcoming culture overall
- a focus on healthy living and balance (i.e.: healthy snacks are provided at training and morning tea’s, lunches are held where good quality food is provided)
- there is not a big drinking culture in place
- attrition is below 7%
- people are treated as human beings
- a low level of open plan working
- new ideas are welcomed and encouraged
Now I’d love to hear from you, what is your equality fantasy ?
- start a new role
- take on a new project
- start working for a new boss
- ask for promotion
- ask for $$$ – a pay rise, quote a salary to a recruiter
- try following a recipe from a real recipe book
Why is it so HARD to have this vibe when doing new things and asking for new things (or cooking) ?
When do you become super confident or does this just never happen?
Now, I’d love to hear from you!
What are your tips for having a ‘got this’ attitude?
Asking for a promotion can be super scary.
Because you will be making it very clear and very public that you are ambitious, have career goals and are prepared to go for them.
This can feel and be very exposing.
This is your opportunity to showcase your skills and lay the foundation for career progression at your current employer.
Got for it!
And, to help you go for it, here is my tried and very personally tested advice for getting that promotion time and time again!
Be Clear On Your Ask
- Know which roles you are interested in
- Know how much money you want in the form of salary and incentives
- Know your why – why are you the right person to be promoted, what are your skills and what do you have to offer (have your sales pitch ready)
- Know what you want to achieve in the new role for your company, business area and yourself
- Know how you would achieve these things
- Also, have a list of any working arrangements that you need considered and accomodated in the new role (i.e.: work from home, start times, limits on travel, if any etc)
Know Who To Ask
Know When to Ask
Ask for promotion when :
- You have already talked through your business case with your immediate boss and any key decision makers
- Achieved any action items that were asked for as part of your business case discussion
- Have held a discussion on the value you can bring to the new role
- You have spoken and gained advice from at least 30% of the leadership team you want to belong to, and
- Made your work visible to that leadership team
Other great times to ask are :
- when you’ve delivered a big win for your company
- when a new job becomes available due to a re-org
- when someone departs a role unexpectedly
What will you do if you get a YES?
Have a celebration plan in place and, have a business plan in place that you can pick up and run with in your new role.
Always make sure to celebrate a promotion (even it feels like something that should have happened ages ago) and appreciate yourself for the increase wealth, autonomy and freedom a new role will bring you both professionally and personally.
What will you do if you get a NO?
Have a ‘No’ plan in place and a timeframe for getting to YES already determined.
Don’t stay too long in a role going no where.
Only you can determine how long is ‘too long’.
By having a plan in place BEFORE your discussion you won’t get sidetracked by the knock to confidence that a NO can have.
This plan will increase your chances of keeping your career on track and seeing knock backs as bumps a long the road not road blocks