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5 People Who Never Get Ahead at Work

5 People Who Never Get Ahead at Work

By Taylor Dupuy
Monster Contributing Writer

At work it seems like some employees continuously get passed over for promotions while others appear to be riding an escalator to the top. If you find yourself in the former category and wonder why, start by taking a good long look in the mirror. Chances are, if you’re not getting ahead at you may be unknowingly communicating to your boss that you’re not ready to take on more responsibility.

Consider these five employee archetypes that tend to get stuck with little hope of a promotion.

The Self-Doubter

Nothing creates career chaos like incessant self-doubt. Your indecisiveness and inability to take a stand on anything means you’re going nowhere fast, including in your career.

Silence your inner critic and stop apologizing for your perceived mistakes. Confidence is essential to career success and if you can’t belive in yourself, it’s going to be tough to get anyone else to.

The Gossip

When your words are like a virus, you can bet your boss wants to keep them from spreading. So, if you care more about what’s going on in the media, in the lives of your co-workers or about exposing bits of information about others, you’re definitely not showing that you have the skills or character necessary to be a leader. Drop the gossip, reassess your workplace priorities and watch your credibility grow.

The One Who Doesn’t Care

If you don’t care about your work, your work won’t care about you. Your apathy is palpable, everyone can sense it including your boss. Just getting by may be working for you now, but if you ever want to go further in your career you need to shake off the sludge and get energy moving into your work.

If your apathy is stemming from the thought that “there’s got to be more to life than this,” I suggest you take a look at the role you’re playing in creating a lackluster experience for yourself.

The Hypersensitive One

If you can’t handle getting feedback or criticism from your boss, or if your co-workers feel like they need to walk on eggshells around you so as to not send you spiraling into defense mode, you’re not communicating that you’re ready to take on higher levels of responsibility.

You need to learn to see that underneath the criticism isn’t a personal attack, but a desire to help you improve and push you to better levels of work. When faced with criticism separate your identity from the speaker’s words, focus on the point she’s making without letting it affect your emotions.

The Follower

If you look more to other people to guide you than you look to yourself, you’d better believe that your boss is going to pass you over for a promotion in favor of the very co-workers you turn to for guidance. Getting ahead is about setting yourself apart and if you aren’t able to demonstrate that you’re willing to take risks, use your own voice, share your perspective and offer a unique value, well then, you’re just another face in the crowd.

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