Do you want to make more money at work, but you never get promoted? Ever ask yourself why you don’t get promoted even though you “work hard”? If that sounds like you, keep reading…
Before we get into the secret of making more money at work, here are a few reasons why—besides the obvious—it’s so important:
- The more money you make, the more you can save in your 401k, which will…
- Help you become a millionaire faster, which will…
- Improve your personal finance outlook.
These are just a few reasons why you should be interested in making more money. And making more money often involves getting promoted at work.
Whether you’re fresh out of school or you’ve been in the workforce a few years and want to know the secret to getting promoted and therefore making more money, then you have come to the right place. Lucky for you, Dollabuzz has…
The Secret to Getting Promoted at Work.
Hello, Dollabuzz readers! Today, we’re going to fill you in on how to succeed and get promoted at work. In case you’re new to Dollabuzz, we’ve previously covered the secret to asking for a raise and getting it.
Getting promoted at work means getting paid mo’ money, and mo’ money is what Dollabuzz is all about. If you don’t know, now you know! So let’s get to the money and find out what you’re about to learn today. Here are the topics we’re going to cover:
- What you think you need to do to get ahead and why it’s wrong,
- How you get promoted by working less,
- The one magic word that will help you succeed, and
- The power of reciprocity
Dollabuzz is here to help you get your money right, and part of that involves showing you the secrets to success that you might’ve never heard before. Being promoted usually means mo’ money for you. But how do you do it? Work really, really hard? Well, maybe—but Dollabuzz has a better idea.
We’re cool with hard work, but why would you want to do more than absolutely necessary? We’re all about working smart and letting the non ‘buzzers do the really, really hard work. So let’s see how you can Dollabuzz at work and earn more money!
What You THINK You Need to Do to Get Promoted at Work.
Work really hard and you will succeed. That’s what we’re all taught from an early age. No one ever tells us, “Hey, do less and you can succeed.” Well, Dollabuzz is here to flip the script on the “work really hard” theory. Remember, we’re cool with hard work, but not more than necessary.
(1) Work Hard… but Not Too Hard
What do I mean by “work hard but not too hard”? This statement means do what is asked of you by your boss first and get that nailed down until it’s second nature. You run your current workload on autopilot and then you expand the amount of work you do. Once you’re on autopilot, then you volunteer for that special project.
Too often, newbies at work want to impress their boss, so they take on more work than they can handle. You get an “A” for effort, but nothing else. Taking on other projects before you get your basic workload on autopilot will lead to you working too hard. Staying late and working on the weekends to get caught up and hoping your boss will notice? Nah, brah—you workin’ too hard.
Working smarter and simpler will help you get promoted
Working smarter and not harder is the key. Smarter means finding a way to get more done while doing less. Work smarter by following these steps:
- Check your email only three times a day.
- Attend fewer meetings. And if you host a meeting, provide an agenda. Keep the meeting to 30 minutes or less.
- Keep things simple. The simple answer or solution is usually the correct one.
- Focus on what is truly important by asking yourself: Is what I’m doing providing value? How can I provide value, simplify a process, or improve efficiency?
Focusing on what’s truly important is what your boss will notice. When everything you’re supposed to do is done well and you provide value, you’ll start to get noticed. Then, your boss will see the efficiencies you’ve created and the value you add to the company. This is how you get promoted.
(2) Delegate Responsibilities: Tell Other People What to Do
“Delegate” is the professional term for telling people what to do. You can’t do everything; nor should you. If there’s a menial task you can delegate to someone else, then do it. For example, we have one person keep track of all the timesheets for our jobs. Instead of us all entering the budgeted hours, we send timesheets to one person who specializes in doing it; and they get it done fast.
Another example is when I lead the C-Level interviews at work. I don’t take or write up the interview notes. We’re interviewing CEOs, CFOs, and board members, and I delegate note-taking to a less senior examiner. This allows me to focus on the interview and kick ass at the really important task of leading the interviews.
(3) Learn to Use the One Magic Word that Will Help You Succeed
Succeeding at work and being promoted requires using one magic word. That magic word is: “No.” Really, Mr. Dollabuzz? Yes, loyal reader. The ability to say no greatly influences our success, but saying no is hard. We are conditioned to help people, and usually that means saying yes. But often times saying yes to something comes at the expense of something else, like your own work and success.
You can be a team player and still say no. You just have to be very selective in what you say yes to. A “yes” answer should come only if it is truly going to benefit you and your team. Only say yes to the meeting if you have received the agenda and your active participation is required.
Be Careful What You Agree To
Studies have shown that we are likely to act as we have in the past. For example, if you always say yes to one of your co-workers, then it will become very hard to say no to that person in the future.
Often, the requests start off simple, but future request will inevitably require more time and effort. You will have a hard time saying no to these more time-consuming requests because you’ve already set the standard of saying yes in the past.
(4) Understand the Power of Reciprocity
“People say yes to those they owe.” – Robert Cialdini
As we close out today’s post, I wanted to discuss the power of reciprocity. The great Robert Cialdini provides a quick overview of this secret power and how you can use it to your benefit. Be proactive and do something simple and easy for someone you work with, and they will be inclined to return the favor.
For example, if you see your co-worker’s report at the copier, bring it to them. Later, you can ask them for a favor that will help you out. Our society has conditioned us to return the favor. Additionally, if you want someone to like you more, offer them something warm to drink. People who like you will be inclined to help you.
Recap: The Secret to Getting Promoted…
- Work hard—but not really, really hard,
- Delegate (tell other people what to do),
- Use the magic and powerful word “NO,” and
- Understand the power of reciprocity
Remember these 4 keys and you’ll be promoted and Dollabuzzin’ in no time.
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