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How you can get promoted in your place of work during COVID-19

An expert in career counsellor had advised Nigerians, and everybody over all the world to be positive in their thinking during COVID_19 if they want to survive this period of lockdown, saying that despite the pandemic’s wide-ranging and persistent impact, our lives — and careers — must continue. COVID-19 lockdowns started in March 2020, so whether you’re up for a performance review now or in a few months, you need to be prepared on how to have a frank conversation with your manager.

Make sure your work is visible
There are many hidden pitfalls to working from home. One of those drawbacks is your work becomes less visible. Remote work often requires more focus, energy and time out of your day dedicated to getting things done. It’s critical to document all that extra effort.

Communicate with your manager and other team members frequently. Do what you can to make your work product as visible as possible. It’s important that others see your high level of commitment, effort and engagement despite the extenuating circumstances. As with every negotiation, it helps to be prepared with some KPIs and business results to back up your promotion request.

Just because you’ve been working remotely, doesn’t mean asking for a raise is off the table or inconsiderate,” said Tara Goodfellow, career consultant, on MSN News. “Yes, these are trying times. Yes, many folks are without employment, are underemployed or are furloughed. However, many of us are working extra hours, wearing extra hats, taking on new responsibilities and ramping up pretty quickly.”

As you prepare your case for a promotion, factor in the many adjustments and changes you have made to help keep the business afloat during the pandemic.

Demonstrate your future impact
The pandemic has taught us that the only thing that’s certain in the next few months is uncertainty. Focus on the ways you can contribute to leading the company through this crisis. What are the ways you can help other employees be productive working from home? What are some ideas you have for engaging with customers online? What skills have you developed during this time that you can share? Show how your growth mindset and flexibility can help move the business forward, even without a specific business target.

Give more value
If you want to earn a promotion, you will need to think about what your company wants from you. Every employer wants their employees to contribute to the value of the company, so making a conscious effort to add value is one of the best ways to get promoted at work. You can increase your value by doing the following:

Improve your skills to deliver increasingly better results for your company.
Expose yourself to a broader range of company activities that enable you to broaden your knowledge, skills and experience and find new opportunities for career growth.

Pay attention to people who have been promoted
To identify ways you might get promoted, take a closer look at some of the people in your company who have received a promotion in recent years. Situational awareness is one of the keys to claiming your promotion. Look for common personality traits, achievements and habits among those who have successfully been promoted. These observations may give you a better understanding of what you need to do to get a promotion yourself.

For example, some employers tend to promote employees who demonstrate good social skills and attend all company parties. If this is the case in your company, you will need to make an effort to socialize more and participate in more company events. Some employers want their employees to be team players. In such a situation, showing a willingness to help with team projects can help you build rapport with your supervisor or manager.

Ask for feedback from your supervisor
If you want to know exactly what it takes to get a promotion, you can probably find out from your manager or employer. Try these steps to get valuable feedback on your performance:

Present your case for promotion to your supervisor as professionally as possible.
Create a list of your job responsibilities, achievements and the skills and experience you have acquired.
Show how your work has benefited the operations of the company, preferably with numbers or specific examples.
Express your desire to advance your career.
Be clear and straightforward about your intention by asking questions such as “Will I get a promotion this year?” and “How can I get promoted to manager?”
Be as specific as you can when asking, and follow your supervisor’s suggestions to increase your chances of a promotion.

Get noticed in your workplace
While working hard is important, your efforts may go unnoticed if you never put yourself in a visible position. If you want to show your employer why you deserve a promotion, you need to be noticed for your contributions to the company. Here are ways to catch your employer’s attention:

Look for opportunities where your knowledge and abilities can be showcased, such as staff meetings or performance reviews.
Volunteer to get involved in projects in other departments or participate in company-wide events.
Check in with your employer regularly to find out what they think about your performance, seek advice on how to get promoted or provide suggestions on major projects.
Dress neatly and professionally to make a positive impression on your employer and coworkers.

Demonstrate your leadership skills
As you move to higher positions, you will need to continually improve your leadership skills. The following tips can help you be promoted to a leadership role:

Become a role model for your coworkers and gain their respect through your work performance.
Whenever an opportunity arises, show your supervisor that you can lead and motivate your team members.
Perform exceedingly well in every project, which will make you indispensable to the company and a prime candidate for promotion.
Build on certain qualities that improve your effectiveness as a leader.

Identify and solve problems
Every business has inefficiencies and problems. You can distinguish yourself as an excellent employee or show your leadership potential by taking the initiative to solve them.

Look around the office for things that are impeding productivity, generating unnecessary costs, undermining workplace safety or preventing the company from achieving its goals. Then, create a plan to improve those areas. Companies hold self-starters in high regard. If you decide to take the initiative in areas where your company may be weak, you may have an advantage over other candidates for a promotion.

Maintain a strong work ethic
In the end, work performance is the most vital factor in employee promotion. Therefore, you need to continually demonstrate a solid work ethic and strive to become the hardest-working person in every situation. Your work performance should show that you have already mastered your current role and are ready to take on a more challenging position in the company. Take the following steps to maintain your work ethic:

Be prepared to do everything necessary to stand out from your colleagues and impress your employer, such as performing daily work duties with excellence, giving a presentation or interacting with clients.
Be punctual for work, meetings and company events, and meet all your deadlines.
Manage your current responsibilities competently to prove your value to the company.

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