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The “Quiet Promotion” Trend



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Trend Watch: “Quiet Promotion”: What It Is & What To Do If You Get One


On the heels of “Quiet Quitting” is the industry’s new term of the moment: “Quiet Promotion” – referring to the growing, post-pandemic trend of employees being given more work and more responsibilities without title recognition or paycheck perks. In fact, a recent JobSage survey found that 78% of workers have experienced increased workloads with no additional compensation.


We all want to demonstrate a “team player mentality” – especially now that layoffs are again on the rise. Understanding it can be difficult to say “no” to a boss framing the advanced work as a valuable learning opportunity or path to a future promotion, be mindful of when it crosses the line from being a team player to being taken advantage of. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re not being compensated or credited for increased responsibility, from our friends at Huffington Post and Life Hacker:

  • Evaluate your situation. Get a good grasp of how much extra work you have taken on and why. Clarify if it’s permanent

  • Request an in-person meeting with your manager. A conversation about the change in responsibilities is a chance to advocate for yourself and ask about a growth path for pay and title. It will help you later if/when you formally request this. You can also ask about coaching and onboarding to help set you up for success

  • Check salary tools, or better yet, compare your new duties (and salary if possible) with other positions within your organization

  • Ask yourself why (other than money) your higher-ups might object to promoting you. Then do what you can to gain the specific experience and skills you don’t yet have to strengthen your case for an official promotion

  • Keep track of everything you’re doing throughout your workday (original responsibilities and newly added)

  • Document the successful results of your efforts and positive feedback you receive from people within your organization and outside clients

  • If you’re going to ask for an official increase in title and pay, time it strategically. Is a regular review cycle coming up? Are you about to finish up a project that will make your case for a pay bump even stronger?

  • Be prepared. Whether you want to ask for a promotion, request a raise, or both, research, plan, and, practice!

  • If you are not successful with a pay raise or title change, think about negotiating other benefits like upping the days you work remotely

Additional source: WorkLife










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