In large part, they will depend on how good your people skills are. Companies expect certain things from their employees and one of those things is a well-developed ability to relate to colleagues and co-workers alike.
One key aspect of this process–unless you happen to be working on a deserted island—is the ability to communicate. And, we’re not talking about simply conveying information. We’re referring to the way in which it is imparted to others. Not only what you say but HOW you say it, is important. A tone of voice that is demeaning or disrespectful won’t get you very far.
Because top management frequently has precious little time to spend endlessly debating issues in order to get to a workable solution, another valuable characteristic is the ability to get to the point quickly and efficiently, explaining options in clear, concise language.
Of equal value to an employer is the ability to think outside of the box, finding remedies to existing problems.
If you can implement ways in which to save your company time–or better yet–money, your services are likely to be even more important. For instance, ideas that will reduce the training period or lower maintenance costs are likely to be enthusiastically endorsed by your supervisor.
Similarly, by keeping abreast of trends in the marketplace, or technology you may be able to suggest areas in which the company can generate additional business. Make an effort to stay current in your field by regularly attending networking events. trade shows, conferences and seminars.
Lastly, remember to say ‘thank you’ to others will count for a lot. from the receptionist to the recruiter, this is an important courtesy that will enable you to go far.
If you are successful in the above, your chances are good that you’ll be considered for that promotion!