When it comes to climbing the corporate ladder, there’s no substitute
for hard work, passion and dedication. Or is there? Here’s what the latest research reveals about how to nail that promotion.
Get more sleep
Research has shown that insomniacs are more pessimistic about their future career opportunities, and people who suffer poor sleep receive fewer promotions. “Getting enough sleep is important not only for your mental health and wellbeing, but also your performance in the workplace,” points out Lynne Beggs, regional director of Hays recruitment company. “If you aren’t sleeping well, you will lack concentration and focus, and often this can affect your overall output. It may cost you that promotion or your manager’s trust.”
Keep in the loop
As well as being a fun way to pass time in the lift, gossip can help you become aware of what’s going on in the company – who’s in line for a promotion, when jobs are coming up – and used correctly it can be a valuable tool for building relationships. “Sometimes disguised as networking, gossip is the sharing of information and current events without malice,” explains Judith Leeson, director of Vector Consultants. Just avoid harmful gossip, warns Mitch Lawrie, from Career-Wise Australia: “If you say small things about people, you’ll be seen as a small person rather than someone who is focused on making big contributions.”
A study from the University of California suggests that it’s wise to opt for a central position in the office. Termed the “centrestage effect”, researchers say that we perceive the person who is situated in the middle to be the most important. “‘Centrestage’ is a well-researched phenomenon, so if you can lobby for that prime desk position, just do it,” recommends clinical psychologist Dr Janet Hall.
But it's still a man's world
As much as we disagree with these findings, they show that some tired,
old ideas prevail...the blonde factor
A 2010 University of Queensland study found that blondes earn seven
per cent more than their brunette and redheaded peers, even when removing factors such as education.skirting the issue
A 2011 UK study revealed that women who wear skirts to work are perceived to be more confident, earn a higher salary and be more flexible than their trouser-wearing counterparts.