Past Experience Or Present Performance

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about likelihood of promotion:

I am a good perfomer and have 10 months of experience. I have a co-worker who has only 6 months experience, but he has had a managerial job in the past. He is not a good performer. Who do you think our company is more likely to promote?

Signed,

Wants To Be Promoted

Dear Wants To Be Promoted:

Your company is more likely to promote someone who possesses the knowledge and skills they need for the specific position being considered. This is especially true when you consider that the ability to work with and through others (management and supervision) is not the same as the ability to do the job being supervised. Experience in a managerial position may be a big benefit for your co-worker, even if he is not performing well. Your co-worker may be seen as someone who is unmotivated right now, but who would be re-energized by a promotion. Or, he may be seen as someone who does not deserve the promotion, because he hasn’t worked to full capacity recently.

You may be promoted, because you show potential. Or, it may be viewed that though you are a good performer in your current job, you aren’t viewed as being the best choice for supervising and managing others. There is also the personality factor. Someone who is easy to work with, who is flexible and adaptable, and who has shown loyalty to the organization and support for managers, is often more likely to be promoted than someone who has not shown those things. Perhaps you should talk to your managers directly and find out what you can do to be viewed as the best choice for promotion.Best wishes!

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.