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Should I Take the Promotion?

12.16.14

Advice, Career

woman promotion question

8 Questions to Ask Before Saying Yes

Congratulations, being offered a job promotion is an exciting prospect! However, pump the breaks before you immediately say yes!

There are several important things to consider first. Start by answering the following 8 questions about your promotion:

1. What are the time and scheduled commitments of the new role?

2. Will you now be on call 24/7?

3. Will you lose flexibility that is important to you (i.e. family time, modified work schedule etc)?

4. Will you gain vacation time (are you able to negotiate for it)?

5. Will you be supervising others in the new role? This can be seen as either a negative or positive depending on your work style. Some people prefer to be responsible for their own work and not that of others.

6. Will I receive a raise?  This sounds like an obvious yes, but some corporations promote with title only and do not offer a raise with the additional responsibilities.  You may be able to negotiate a bump in pay either immediately or after your first performance review.

7. Are they combining two roles into 1? This may mean a burden of responsibility plus inheriting “issues” from the “fired or laid off” person.

8. And of course, what is the body of work like?  Will you be performing work you enjoy or dread?

First, thank your supervisor for the opportunity.  Let them know you feel proud that you are being considered so positively.

If you are saying yes, be clear and outline what you envision the role to be so that any misunderstandings or lofty expectations can be corrected and you are not surprised down the road.

If you would like to decline, outline your reasons clearly, and tie them into your long term career goals. This does two things.

1. It lets your supervisor know what your long term career goals are and there may be an opportunity with a better fit that they could consider you for.

2. It lets them know you thought about this long and hard and that you have valid reasons to support why this career move may hurt your future options.  A well thought out explanation, with a business case, will be better received instead of a simple no.

If you choose to say no to a promotion, keep your eyes and ears open for positions that interest you and don’t be shy about having a one on one conversation about them with your supervisor.

This gives them a better understanding of what motivates you.  Very rarely is money the single motivating factor.  Staying in close contact with your supervisor shows your loyalty and interest in staying with the organization while demonstrating how you think and how careful you are when weighing decisions.

This is a great skill to have as a future leader and will open new doors for you.

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