February 27, 2022

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Get noticed: 5 ways to help score a promotion

If you'd like to improve your stature at work with your boss and increase your odds of getting that promotion, we've put together a few tips:

1. Go into the office: We get it—the company offers a flexible work-from-home policy, one that you take advantage of for two or three days a week, especially after Covid. But even though many of the worker bees are putting in time at home, it's a pretty good bet that your manager is back in the office a few days a week. Give it a try. If you feel safe returning to work, you become a regular face around the office again. Your boss might never come out and say it but most supervisors love having their employees in the office. If you can't commit to five days, try to be around on the days your boss holds meetings. 

2. Do more: No one wants to work to the point of exhaustion but if there's work to be done, someone needs to do it. If you're too busy with your current responsibilities to take on any new projects, find a way to streamline what you're doing and take on those lingering projects that your boss has been mentioning at his weekly meeting for months. Not only will you prove that you actually care about the direction of your department, but you’ll also be able to showcase some of the skills that aren't currently called for when taking on your current day-to-day responsibilities.

3. Stay out of the soap operas: Even the best employees can get down in the dirt with their co-workers. Keep the gossip to yourself and maintain a high level of professionalism at all times. It's not asking too much to say and do the right things at work. Sure, most times, it will go unnoticed. But when you decide to enter the fray and dish on Suzanne from accounting's marriage or Tim from marketing's two-hour lunches with that mysterious FedEx driver, it's noticed. Save the reality show speculation for cable and act like an adult.

4. Look the part: Like the work-from-home policy, your company has a fairly casual dress code. Still, anyone who has ever worked in an environment that has loosened its requirements on work attire has been faced with those days when they chose to push the policy to the limits. And those days—the slip-on-some-sweatpants days, the I-don't-need-to-shower days—are always the days when a partner from the firm drops in for a visit or a huge potential client wants to meet for lunch. Your boss won't mind if you wear jeans a few days a week but if you show up looking like you're paying homage to "The Walking Dead," it's not going to reflect well on your behalf—or your future.

5. Bring something new to the table: Most promotions are given to those employees who can prove that they're capable of just a bit more than their peers. Maybe there's some software you can test out that might simplify some mundane, departmental tasks or a new sales strategy you can discuss with your boss that might come in handy when you're trying to lure former clients. Whatever it is, find a way to make your boss take notice of your initiative and your effort.

By Marco Buscaglia, Tribune Content Agency
Published in the Chicago Tribune on February 27, 2022