Everyone wants to become the CEO of their company at some point in their career. However, it takes a combination of luck and hard work to get there. It also takes a set of social skills that some people just don’t have. There are three reasons why your career has stalled. You probably have done this in the past without even realizing it.
You are active on Facebook and Twitter during the work day
Many people try to keep work and their personal life distant, but who of use is not Facebook friends or follows someone else from the office? Not only should you not be using social media platforms during work at all, but you especially shouldn’t be doing it in plain view of your co-workers. Having you colleagues seeing you mindless tweets or uploaded photos during the work day can cause problems at your job and perhaps your career. Social media is for being social, not for wasting time while you should be answering emails or making phone calls.
You Talk Too Much
It’s great that you enjoy talking to other people in the office. In fact, having a bubbly personality could help you get promoted someday. However, there is a line that you shouldn’t cross. Some people cross this line by giving out too many personal details in a story. Others just spend way too much time talking in general. People will avoid you if they know that they will be trapped listening to a long story each time you cross paths. A good rule of thumb is to talk for no more than 60 seconds at a time.
You Seemingly Lack Passion For Your Work
There are employees who live and breathe for the company that employs them. There are other people who are just in it for the paycheck. Some people actually do care about their jobs even if it doesn’t seem that way. Take a minute to study your outward appearance and body language while on the job. Being laid back is a great trait to have in the office. However, you want to make sure that you don’t appear too casual or aloof while at work. Look into taking classes at Sanford Brown.
You Suck Up
You want a great relationship with your manager. This doesn’t mean you need to take every opportunity to shower him with kind words and gifts. This will have the opposite effect than what you intend to happen. The boss doesn’t need to be told how great he is. He would rather that you go out and help the company be more productive. Making yourself look good is the best way to make him look good. That is how you get on the good side of your boss.
Take a minute to see if you commit any of these subtle errors. Your career will take off if you respect personal space, show passion for the job and stop wasting time playing politics. Doing your job while respecting your colleagues are great strategies to get yourself promoted.