Getting Promoted – Three Ways Your Attitude Can Help!

attitudeWhat is your attitude like at work? It can make a huge difference in getting promoted. This seems like it would be obvious, but I think we all could share some examples of poor attitudes at work. Recently my wife was at a local big box home center and the young man at the register appeared happy to just stand there and let my wife lift the heavy things out of the shopping cart so he could easily scan them. Clearly this was an opportunity to take care of the customer, but he did not see it. Years ago, I worked in a warehouse, and every day when I walked past this one co-worker, she glared and sneered at me. It was sad and funny all at the same time.

Your attitude plays an enormous role in getting promoted. While getting a promotion is not the first reason to take care of the customer, it certainly comes into play. Doing the right thing for your employer and the customer IS the right thing to do, and that should be your focus. However, when you make a habit of doing the right thing, you increase the chances that your hard work will get noticed.

Here are some ways to get noticed by doing the right thing:

  •  “Make Yourself Indispensable” – The late “Dark Star” from WCCO Radio made this statement on air years ago. He said that he had been given this advice when he started in the radio business. What he took it to mean was that an employee should do such a good job that the company he or she works for wouldn’t be able to function without them. In his case, he created a filing system that only he could understand. He was convinced that this guaranteed him a job, because no one else could find anything! Whether it did or not, you could ask yourself the question, if I never showed up to this job again, would they even notice? Do you bring so much quality to your workplace that they can’t live without you? Do you perform your job so well that they would beg to have you back? It is something to consider. If your boss would be excited to have you leave, you might want to change your behavior! Make Yourself Indespensable!
  •  Take Care of the Customer – Without the customer, nothing gets built, shipped or sold. Without the customer none of us have a job. Sometimes we forget that. If your customer has a great experience, then you have done your part to prolong the life of your company. Sometimes customers feel like the enemy. I feel this way when I walk into our local DMV. I feel like an irritation to them. Do your customers feel this way, or do they feel appreciated? If you can make this happen, you will increase your chances of advancement.
  • Make a Difference – By this I mean, make those around you glad that you work with them. Do you have a positive, “can do” attitude? Are you willing to work hard and even stay late to get a project completed? These are things that I notice about some of my employees. I have those that rarely are willing to go the extra mile, and I have some who always are willing to help. It makes a huge difference to have employees that are pleasant to be around and regularly do more than is expected. For you this is a choice and a choice that can pay off in the future.

So have you checked your attitude lately? Are you concerned about the customer? Is your boss glad he hired you? Are you so good at what you do, that you get noticed and they can’t live without you? This could make the difference! Give it a try!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!

  • Hi Rocky – thanks for this post: I received really poor service today, and was wondering how long the assistant will be working there for. She made no eye-contact with me and seemed to resent the fact that I was spending money at her store. Maybe she’ll read your post and save her job!

  • Hi Kathy – not sure what makes employees behave this way. While we can’t ensure that promotions come our way, I think it is possible to ensure that they don’t! Hopefully the assistant you met will have a better day today and change her outlook! Thanks for reading!

  • Hi Rocky,

    Whoa, great advice and I write that as someone who is still in the trenches. And even though I don’t really like my daytime gig, your suggestions are the reason I still have it!


  • Joe Kenow

    Rocky, good reminder for those of us in the workplace! A question I have posed to those who do not seem to care is, “should I care that your paycheck comes at all?” It is a little more upfront but it gets the point across.
    Keep writing buddy,

    • Rocky

      Joe, thanks for reading! I agree with you. Wages are a fair exchange for
      effort, energy, talent, skills and productivity. Wages are not charity.
      I have known workers that just show up and expect a paycheck, and I
      have known bosses who act as though they are doing everyone a favor by
      paying them. Both attitudes need some adjusting!