Can I be honest with you? I’m beginning to think my day dreams maybe a bit cynical. When I read over this day dream that I wrote 5 months ago, it was part of a list of things I wish the workplace was vs wasn’t.
It shouldn’t be a dream that we are supported and progression is easy if we are ambitious and competent. While writing my book and starting my life coaching business, every woman I have spoken to has talked about the challenge of finding out information on how to progress.
At work, a colleague came up to me (after reading my blog) and admitted she didn’t know that she was supposed to ask. She has recently started working in Australia and asking wasn’t the custom in her previous country and in fact it might even have been deemed rude to ask. People progressed once they met a benchmark and their manager would ask if they wanted to go up a level or take on a new role.
If you’re a manager, how transparent is it to your team how they progress? Are you over looking someone because they haven’t told you what they are interested in? And, are you being overlooked because you are not asking?
One more story, recently a senior manager let me know that a role was available in his team and talked me through a series of names and I gave my thoughts. I added an extra name to the list and we both agreed she’d be great for the role if she was interested. In my gut, I thought she probably wasn’t. Later, I asked her if she would be and let her know the role was available. She surprised me by saying she was interested. So I said, “call him NOW and let him know NOW”. She waited 5 days to speak to him (after another prompt from myself) and she missed out on the role. The senior manager made a decision in 3 days.
If you hear of a role and you are interested, let the hiring manager know straight away. Don’t hesitate or let other work get in the way.