6 Signs It’s Time to Promote a Top Employee

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As one of Phoenix’s leading staffing agencies, PrideStaff knows that when it comes to keeping top talent on staff, one of the best ways to do that is through advancement opportunities. But how can you tell if it’s really time to promote a particular employee? Here are a few signs to look for:

They’re great with people.

Whether it’s a difficult co-worker or an irate customer, your employee always seems to know what to say and how to say it. This is a critically important skill to have as a manager and can help ensure they will be able to oversee a team successfully.

They want to be challenged.

They’re regularly asking you for stretch assignments and new challenges. They always have ideas on how to improve processes and procedures at the company. And on their own, they’re the first to volunteer to spearhead a new initiative or project. These are the kinds of people with a level of drive and motivation that’s innate; something you simply cannot teach or train employees to have.

They understand the company mission – and embrace it.

An employee who understands the company mission is valuable. But someone who embraces it with a passion can become indispensable. These are the people who will always go the extra mile to get the job done, make a customer happy, or help the company stay on the cutting edge.

They crave feedback and act on it.

The employee who gets defensive and doesn’t implement feedback into their daily work is one to keep your eye on. But those who genuinely want feedback and then put it to good use improving their performance are those you should hold onto. These are the people who don’t see constructive criticism as a negative, but rather something to learn and grow from.

They do their job consistently well.

In today’s world, finding people who are consistent in their performance can be a challenge. But when you have those who don’t drop the ball and you know you can count on, it’s important to do all you can to retain them.

They help solve problems.

Too many workers come to the office, put in the minimal amount of effort to do their jobs, and then call it a day. But when you have an employee who not only calls out problems, but offers potential solutions, they could be ready for an increase in responsibility.

When you have a worker who demonstrates some or all of the signs above, it’s time for a sit down with them to discuss long- and short-term career goals. Partner with them to determine the next best step for them in their career – and with the company.

Looking for good people to promote?

If you don’t have current employees you’d like to promote and need help filling a skill gap, call the experts at PrideStaff. As one of Phoenix’s leading staffing agencies, we can connect you with top-quality talent in a variety of fields. Contact PrideStaff today to learn more about how we can help you.