FOR many, getting that deserved promotion can be an elusive thing. You work hard, possibly harder than those who have already been promoted, you are good at your job and you always have the company’s best interests in mind. Why then has your boss not rewarded you with a promotion?

If you are confident that your work performance is up-to-snuff and you have been with the company long enough to warrant a promotion, it is time to take a look at why this has not happened for you yet.

Quite often, it is not your performance that is holding you back, but other factors that you may have overlooked or neglected. Here are some tips that may help you get a promotion:

Revisit your last merit or performance review

Were there areas that your boss had suggested needed improving? Did he focus the conversation more on one aspect of your job than on others? This may be an indicator that you need to focus a little attention on improving that skill.

Do not eat your lunch at your desk

You may think eating your lunch at your desk while working through your break makes you look like a dedicated worker but your boss may look at it as anti-social behaviour. It is important for your boss to witness that you get along with your co-workers.

Participate in creating solutions

Another benefit of eating lunch with your peers is the fact that eventually conversations always turn to work-related problems. Being aware of these problems and taking part in developing solutions will help you be a more valuable employee.

Never engage in office gossip

Although this is sometimes a very hard thing to do, you should not be among the group who spends time gossiping about other co-workers. When someone tries to draw you in, make it clear that you are not interested. Eventually they will stop seeking you out for those types of unfavourable activities.

Are you dressed for a promotion?

This may sound silly, but sometimes a promotion is not offered because of your wardrobe. Take a look at the people who are getting the promotions. Do they dress differently than you? The boss has to visualise you in the position you want and, therefore, you must look the part.

These simple changes you can make that can have a big impact on how your boss views you and why he may be passing you over for promotions. Make those adjustments and see if the position you are longing for is handed to you the next time it becomes available. Getting a promotion is not just about job performance — it is about the big picture and promoting yourself as a valuable part of the company.