Post # 1
I work in a professional career. One in which people can get promoted etc. Obviously that something we all work toward. I’ve been told for the past 6 months that I’m next on the list for promotion. I’ve jumped through every hoop that my work has put in front of my and met all of the goals they have set for me as has been stated in prior evaluations. Now I’m being told that I still have things to work on and I feel that they are things that are either contridictory or I feel like have nothing to do with work. For example, in prior years one of the things has been that I sometimes rush through things and make mistakes. Well ok I’m working on that. Now the complaint is that I work too slowly. Another complaint was that I chew too loudly. I have NEVER been told that EVER in my life and how the heck does that matter at work? I know I have things I can work on and that I’m not perfect no one is. I almost feel like they are setting me up to fail that I will never meet all of their expectations. I’m so frustrated!
Post # 3
You chew too loudly? Seriously?
Either find another job or stick it out. 🙂 Usually you make more money by switching to a new company than getting a raise at your old one.
Post # 4
I would focus on putting yourself in a positive light. Bring your accomplishments to a light with affirmative statements. A recently read a study that said that professional women routinely downplay (or don’t mention) their own accomplishments and that directly results in men being promoted (or given raises) in their stead.
Change the image you portray.
Post # 5
It might help if you sit with your manager and set specific goals and timelines. For example, the “you work too slow”…is it a certain type of task that s/he is referring to? What is their expectation of how long that type of task should take?
When there is criticsm, handle it professionaly and maturely but don’t be afraid to ask second-level, deeper questions. Explain that you are trying to clarify how you can improve and you appreciate their feedback.
Post # 6
@missbumblebee: What does your chewing have to do with anything? It seems as if small complaints are being made against you to furthur you reaching another step in the career ladder. I’m sorry to hear. Perhaps you could find something else?