5 Signs an Employee Deserves a Promotion

When it comes to promoting an employee, skills, qualifications, and experience are stereotypical factors which a commonly considered. However, the most promotable employees also have the right attitude and the right outlook on individual and team performance.

Attitude, where performance and therefore advancement is concerned, is everything. Here are five traits,which never appear on performance evaluations, an employee deserves a promotion.


People never accomplish anything worthwhile by themselves. That’s why great teammates make everyone around them better.

Take an unselfish basketball player: He makes his teammates better by delivering pinpoint passes in space, boxing out, setting solid screens, and rotating on defense, all the things that don’t show up in the statistics but definitely improve the performance of his teammates.

Great leaders provide the tools, training, and culture to help their employees do their jobs better and achieve their own goals.


Arrogant people think they know everything; humble people are always learning. Humble people ask questions. Humble people ask for help.

Humble people automatically share credit because they instinctively know that every effort, no matter how seemingly individual, is actually a team effort.



Optimists add energy; pessimists drain away energy. Optimists try more things and take more (intelligent) risks simply because they’re focused on what can go right. Pessimists never get started because they’re too busy thinking about what might go wrong.

Optimists don’t feel they need to wait–to be promoted or accepted or discovered–they feel if they work hard they can accomplish almost anything.


Planning is important, but too many shelves are filled with strategies that were never implemented.

The best employees develop an idea, create a strategy, set up a basic operational plan, then execute, adapt, execute, revise, execute, refine, and make incredible things happen based on what works in practice, not in theory.



Best practices are important. Methodology is important. Guidelines, procedures, policies, all can help a business run smoothly. But anyone can follow guidelines and procedures.

Great employees are willing, even eager, to change. Great employees respond to new circumstances and challenges with excitement, not hesitation. Employees willing to adapt tend to advance more quickly because that is what every company – especially a high-growth company – needs.