Identifying Opportunities for Employee Growth – How to Decide Which Employees to Promote

May 24, 2011

Choosing one employee over another employee can be a tedious and difficult task, especially if you have a close working relationship with each. The key is to know what to look for in each employee and how to promote the chosen one respectfully. Below, you can find some tips to help you weigh the pros and cons of each candidate.

  • First, look at the traits of each employee up for the promotion. The two most important traits are reliability and loyalty. Can you count on one employee more than the other for continued production of the company? Is one of your employees more trustworthy over the other?
  • Review each candidate’s strengths as well as weakness; consider how these traits might affect the way the newly promoted employee deals with challenges he/she may face. Knowing this be prepared to offer support to them after the promotion.
  • Look next at each employee’s accomplishments while working for your company. Has one employee brought in more profit than the other? Did one employee exceed your expectations? What about helping the company grow in the future?
  • Since one employee will obviously be picked over the other, it is important to consider how other coworkers will respond to the promotion and how the promoted will work alongside the other coworkers. Will the promotion hinder the company’s productivity? How will the company’s work relationships be affected by the promotion?
  • Make it known what kinds of expectations and traits you are looking for in the newly promoted employee. One of Dale Carnegie’s principles for demonstrating leadership is to give people a reputation they can live up to. By doing this, it will help others achieve their full potential, ensuring that you will have the best employees to promote as possible.
  • To ensure that you will always promote the right employee, create a list of expectations, traits you want, traits you do not want, etc. so that you will always fairly promote each employee. This way, you appear to be a fair and equal boss with little to no room for disagreements from other coworkers.

Promotions can be a hard task to undertake. Promotions can affect everyone from supervisor to the lowest employee on the totem pole, not just who received the promotion. With every consideration, make sure that you are being fair, non-biased, and taking into account each aspect of each employer before making your decision.

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