6 years ago
October 4, 2018

Not Getting That Promotion? It Could Be a Result of These 5 Bad Behaviours to Avoid

We all want to get a promotion. We want to continuously take the next step up in our sales career. But it doesn’t happen to everyone. The truth is, if…

Claire McConnachie Recruiter
Claire McConnachie

We all want to get a promotion. We want to continuously take the next step up in our sales career. But it doesn’t happen to everyone. The truth is, if you are getting passed over for promotions, it’s likely a result of your actions. There are certain behaviours that companies frown upon – it’s these bad behaviours that will also put you at the end of the list for getting promoted.

Bad Behaviours Preventing You from Getting A Promotion

Here are a number of behaviours sales recruiters agree could get in the way of you getting promoted:

1. You leave early

If you are known for being late and taking off early, it shows that you are not that dedicated to your job. Even if your boss doesn’t care, they do take notice and will consider this when deciding who gets promoted.

2. You don’t do more than you have to

It’s important to be a team player. Team players take initiative and are willing to go above and beyond occasionally to make sure things get done. This means taking on extra work, working longer hours, and doing things that are outside the scope of your job description. If you are unwilling to do more than you have to, it could hurt your ability to get promoted.

3. You have poor body language

You may be thinking, what does body language have to do with getting promoted? More than you think. Poor body language impacts how people perceive you. If you frequently slouch, don’t make eye contact, and generally look unhappy, people may assume you don’t like your job, are difficult to work with, are not engaged or are uninterested in your job.

4. You’re a complainer

No one wants to work with someone who complains all the time. Sure, there is a time and place to voice your displeasure, but if you have a negative demeanour all the time, you could get poor performance reviews. This could hurt your chances of getting promoted.

5. You don’t own your mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes. When you make one, own it. No one wants to work with people who don’t take accountability for their actions. Blaming others when things go wrong will not sit well with co-workers or management.


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Claire McConnachie Recruiter

Claire McConnachie

Claire has 4+ years of experience in sales and recruitment. As a Director of Client Services, her main objective is to connect great people to great companies by building strong relationships with both top clients and candidates in the sales industry. She specializes in sales roles of all seniority levels for both enterprise and start-up clients North American wide. When Claire isn't networking with top talent, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling and spending time with friends & family.