How To Get That Promotion in 2017 Without Working Longer Hours 149

How To Get That Promotion in 2017 Without Working Longer Hours

This is a guest post by G. John Cole, a digital nomad and freelance writer, specialising in leadership, digital media and personal growth.

2016 has been a tough year. Whatever your take on political developments, we’ve had to say goodbye to a lot of heroes and deal with some tough economic factors, all of which can put further strain on whatever personal issues each of us is dealing with.

You’ve continued to work hard through the good, the bad and the crazy times and perhaps not made as much progress as you’d have liked. But guess what? 2017 is just around the corner.

The burst of energy and optimism that comes with the turn of the New Year is not to be underestimated.

Take this fresh start as a blank slate on which to scrawl some good intentions. With the dedication to see it through the first difficult weeks, you will soon find those good intentions have become good habits. This good daily practice will see you climb the ladder at work more surely than a sudden burst of energy aimed at getting a specific promotion.

The way that we’ve been thinking of work has been all wrong. Bosses no longer award promotions solely on the basis of quantifiable target hitting. They want to see an employee who is ready to grow into the vacant role, to fulfill its existing needs but to exceed expectations and offer innovative new solutions.

This does not suggest an employee that arrives an hour early for work on the first day of the year and stays fixed to their desk until home time. Rather, it requires a team player, someone who is going to consistently engage with colleagues, with the business itself, and with the broader ecosystem of your sector.

For starters, figure out what your company is all about. Do some research and see what the organizational goals are, and what are the most effective techniques in place to achieve them.

Figure out what your boss is about, and let him know you exist.

That means taking time to ask for feedback on what you’ve done, and insight into the ways you’re doing things. Don’t be afraid to ask about your future within the company, and your promotion prospects – just make sure you know what you’re talking about before you begin that conversation.

The best way to get that insight is to be social.

Talk to your colleagues openly – and not just the ones you think can help you. The guy on the lowest rung, or doing the most routine tasks, will have insights into the way the business is run which are totally overlooked by those above him.

A business is a complex organism, and your boss will notice if you’re able to demonstrate a clear understanding of just how it works. And anyway, meaningful interactions with those around you will make everyone’s day better!

These are just a few ideas to get you started. But if you want to hit January 1st running, you’ll need to work through the infographic below, which includes a 10-step plan to becoming the kind of person who’s going to get that promotion. Buckle down, open up – and let’s make it a happy new year.


What else can you do to get that promotion in 2017?



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9 Ways to Handle Change in Your Life [Infographic] 3

9 Ways to Handle Change in Your Life [Infographic]

When a big change happens in your life, it doesn’t have to be a negative change to have a huge impact on you.

Change causes uncertainty and our brains and bodies react to uncertainty by trying to protect us with the release of fight or flight chemicals and hormones.

The downside to this is that living with these for an extended time results in elevated heart rate and affects your digestion, immune systems and blood flow.

But there are ways you can regain control over your life even in the midst of big changes.

The first is to take a step back and reflect on what’s actually happening and what your involvement is, which will help you to understand and find perspective on the situation. Hopefully, this will enable you to find the opportunities that every change in your life brings, rather than obsessing over any short-term negative impacts.

It may also help you to allow yourself a transition period where you adjust to the changes. But with a firm deadline by which you expect to have moved on and settled into the new routine. Even if it doesn’t quite work out that way, it will still push you towards visualizing the end of the uncertainty, which will prepare you to make it happen sooner rather than later.

On a more basic level, you need to remember to look after yourself during this time of change and the related stresses.

It can be too easy to fall into bad habits like neglecting your own simple needs, like a good night’s sleep and staying active and eating right when you are going through something like this. Having a day in your pajamas eating ice cream out of the tub is fine. But your body needs sleep, exercise and nutrition to keep you healthy.

Routine can be a comfort when it feels like everything in your life is changing.

So try and stick to some simple ones like walking your dog every morning or going to a regular gym class to give your life some stability and consistency.

You also need the help and support of those around you. And having a strong support network is crucial when it comes to coping with big changes in your life. This means family and friends, but you could also seek out people going through similar experiences by looking online. There may well be communities who you can talk to and get helpful tips from.

Most importantly of all, you need to be aware of when you need more than just the love and support of other people to help you cope with stress and uncertainty. If you start to feel like your mental health is really suffering, or you have been feeling the symptoms of stress for more than a couple of months, you need to go and talk to a health professional to get the help you need to bounce back.

You can read more practical tips about dealing with change and the symptoms it causes in this infographic from Pounds to Pocket.