How to Decide Who to Promote

December 1st, 2015

For an employee, getting a promotion is a large accomplishment. It usually comes down to added responsibility and a larger paycheck. As a higher-up in company leadership, this is not a decision that should be taken lightly as it will affect your company’s well-being. Here’s how to decide who to promote:

Assess Your Company’s Needs.

What does your company need right now? If your company is in need of a change-of-direction and there’s an employee who can lead that change, you might want to take that into consideration. You may also want to consider internal timing for events when making your decision.

Assess the Employees’ Qualifications.

Above all, the employee will need to be qualified for the promotion. There are a lot of different things you can take into account such as the amount of time in the current position, how many projects he or she has handled, or the different skill sets that are possessed. Overall, you are looking for someone who can grow into their new position with a seamless transition.

Determine a Timeline.

When you’re promoting employees, you will need an internal timeline so you can prepare them for the transition. This will help you decide who to promote as some people may simply not be ready according to the timeline.

Think into the Future.

Who will be best for the position in a month? In six months? In a year? It’s important to pick the person based on the position that they will grow into as opposed to how they are now. If you think into the future, you will likely have more clarity as to who the right person for the job is. If you’re having a hard time doing this, it’s always helpful to make lists to be able to do so.

Picking the right employee for a promotion can be a hard job, but it is necessary for the success of the company. If you feel that none of your current employees are a good fit for the position, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find someone who is perfectly suited for that position and represents your company’s ideals.

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