Which Employees Deserve a Promotion?

September 8, 2021 | 206 views

Which Employees Deserve a Promotion?
Which Employees Deserve a Promotion?

The career development of employees helps your business grow. It increases self-confidence and improves employee engagement when staff members understand how they can advance their careers. Appropriate staff development helps your organization, also, because it is cost-effective to promote internal people rather than hiring and training someone new. The challenge for managers is recognizing talent along with productive work. It is not always a hard skill set that determines increased responsibility. Sometimes, there are internal motivations in employees that will make an employee more deserving of a promotion.

Skill-based Reasons to Promote an Employee

Results matter, and a productive employee deserves recognition. An employee whose work is predictable and profitable is worth keeping and worth developing more. Some will perform at levels higher than their existing position. They seek more responsibility and advance their own skills. Employees like that deserve to be rewarded with bonuses or advancement for their higher performance levels.

When an employee has mastered their position’s skills, it is important to keep them engaged and moving onward and upward. A highly skilled employee is difficult to replace, and a promotion based on their skills and productivity is appropriate.

Other (Very Important) Reasons to Promote an Employee

Good managers will enhance employee value by training them. Learned skills are valuable, certainly, and are fundamental in providing the output needed for your business. On the other hand, there are significant reasons to develop an employee that are not skills-based. While we can train employees in skills, it is difficult to train employees in these important talents that enhance an organization.

  1. They ask good questions beyond their position. These employees seek to understand how their role fits into your organization’s strategic plan. They want to understand how their work contributes to the team. Asking questions shows curiosity and a desire to go beyond the basics..
  2. They take on more work. Do you have someone who consistently suggests improvements and then challenges themselves to make it happen? Or another who readily volunteers when something is needed? That type of person demonstrates a work ethic that focuses on team success with commitment and readiness to improve.
  3. They have leadership skills. No matter how skilled someone is, they also need leadership ability if you are going to promote them to any sort of management position. Strong communications skills and business ethics will be more obvious in some employees. It is more difficult to teach leadership than a learned skill, so note the employee who seems to influence colleagues positively to enhance your business.
  4. They are self-disciplined. When employees are disciplined, they manage their own time and projects. When a stressful situation arises, they remain focused on solutions and progress. They are calm and guide others through challenging times, and their discipline shows in planning and results.
  5. They are humble. Good team leaders are not arrogant and difficult. They are humble, approachable, self-aware, and seek excellence more than reward.

Some businesses are based on skilled employees, and perfecting skills will determine who can move to higher levels. But keep an eye out for other abilities that will serve your organization. When you can recognize traits besides skills, you will promote deserving employees and enhance your business’s success.

Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. For many years, Atlas Business Solutions has been named one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies.

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