Get a 59% Chance of Getting Promoted, in One Simple Step

When it comes to securing a promotion there’s one action you can take that stands out above all others.

In 2011, Accenture surveyed 3,400 business execs working for medium-to-large organizations in 29 countries. When asked whether they had requested a raise, promotion or job change, only

37% of respondents answered that they had, but of those that asked, a remarkable 65% said it helped. It’s worth noting that women were a little less likely than men to say that they had asked for a raise or a promotion.

In reporting on Accenture’s findings, CBS News MoneyWatch delved into what actually happened after people asked for a promotion.

• 10% of the time, nothing happened (Bummer!)

• 5% of those who asked for a promotion got new responsibilities instead. (Which could be a bummer or a consolation, depending on the nature of the new responsibilities.)

• 10% got a new role, but not the one they had asked for, and not a promotion. (But hey, a lateral move can have numerous career benefits, such as broadening your network and adding to your portfolio of business experience.)

• 42% got the role they asked for. (Yeah!)

 17% got a new role that was better than they hoped for. (Woohoo!!)

So in summary, 59% of those who asked for a promotion got one!

So what’s the most important step to take if you want a promotion? It is to ask for it. 

(And if you’re ready to take the next step, but not sure how to ask, here’s what to do.)

Jo Miller

Jo Miller is a globally renowned authority on women’s leadership. She’s dedicated two decades to helping women advance into positions of influence by leveraging their leadership strengths. Based on her work with hundreds of thousands of women, she developed a pragmatic and powerful roadmap that guides women to become the leaders they aspire to be. Jo shares this proven process in her book Woman of Influence: 9 Steps to Build Your Brand, Establish Your Legacy, and Thrive (McGraw Hill, 2019.)

Jo is CEO of leadership development, consulting and research firm Be Leaderly. Learn more about her speaking engagements at www.JoMiller.com and follow @Jo_Miller on Twitter.

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