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Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Promotion

Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Promotion

Author: SNI Companies/Tuesday, March 30, 2021/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, Industry Trends, SNI Certes, Industry Trends, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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For most people, the idea of a promotion at work sounds like a great thing. More money and a higher work status would reflect well on your resume, but there are times when accepting a promotion might not be the best next step in your career. While money can give people more freedom, it doesn’t equate to more happiness, and there could be potential downfalls to accepting a promotion. So, if you’re ever offered a promotion, before instantly accepting, take a minute to do a little soul searching. The below self-reflection questions will help you come up with your answer to know what the best route to take will be (and accepting that promotion may not be the answer).


How will your performance be measured?

Before accepting that promotion, find out how your performance will be measured and on what timeline. The new role could potentially have unrealistic requirements which would ultimately set you up for failure or create an unhealthy work-life balance to meet those expectations. Finding out more details ahead of time, and if the expectations are realistic for you and your lifestyle, is key.


Is the new role a fit for your talent and skills?

As you move up the corporate ladder, a promotion could easily turn into a managerial role. For some people, this is just not an ideal fit. Having to manage others, and deal with HR-related issues, can be emotionally taxing. A promotion that doesn’t fit with your expertise and passion could ultimately result in a lot of stress and frustration. Take the time to evaluate whether the promotion would be a good fit and if it aligns with your goals and values.


Why did the previous person leave?

It’s important to know why your potential predecessor is no longer in the role. Did they leave on their own terms or were they let go due to not meeting the metrics that were required of them. If it’s a role with a high turnover (and unrealistic expectations) think long and hard on whether that’s a risk you’re willing to take. It’s also worth finding out ahead of time how they expect to transition you into the new role. Will you have someone there to give you details and a thorough training, or will you be expected to figure it out as you go? You want to make sure if you do accept the promotion, that you’re set up for success.


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