The Secret to Climbing the Corporate Ladder

The Secret to Climbing the Corporate Ladder

True success is deliberate. Else, it will not be sustainable. While growing up, Jane’s ambition was simple ‘make money, live a better life.’ Having come from a low financial family background, life was now at Jane’s fingertips after her first bachelor’s degree in marketing. Jane was admitted to a multinational organization. Lifestyle changed in an instant. Little did she know that she was digging her own grave?

In short, Jane did match the expectations of the employer. In most cases, corporate organizations give a working probation period of up to three months. After this period, the employee is either retained or advised to leave. But the employee has a right not to put a hand on paper. For Jane, she did not know of what would happen next after probation period.

Climbing the corporate ladder requires deliberate effort. Even then, women’s efforts are unlikely to be rewarded instantly. These are structural fears that activities such marketing departments should be headed by men as these require extra efforts to attain results.

Part of her job description during the probation period was generate Ugx15m monthly. At the time of her recruitment, Jane was expectant. With her perception that pregnant women are less authoritative and more irrational, regardless of their actual performance, mothers are often seen as less committed to work than non- mothers.

These are structural problems involved with women having children. Mothers are more attached to their homes. I had a late appointment with one of my clients, to my surprise he was the only one at office. This was around 5: 30pm. I asked him, ‘’where are all the other staff?’’ You see, most of the staff here are females. By 5:10pm, they are going to pick children from school. But also, they have domestic commitments at home. They can’t work for extra hours. At the back of mind, I made a conclusion that companies are more willing to recruit males than females expect for a few jobs.

Why do ladies fail to female staff stagnant?

Just like good medical doctors diagnose the patient first then administer treatment, female employees lack such skills. Much as the manager could be a female and the juniors are gents, she may not exercise her powers.

Do not expect women to be able to do what men can. Our baseline expectations are that men are more capable. This puts women in position of having to do extra ordinary and beyond the standards to which men are held in order to demonstrate their competence.

As a result, female staff remain in lower management positions for entire career. Much as companies led by females have demonstrated huge success like Uganda Revenue Authority under the leadership of Allen Kagina, there are a few on the chart. This leaves male executives with the top managerial roles.

According to one female managing director who spoke to the write on anonymous noted: ‘’one of my biggest challenge is handling the male staff. They are always looking down on me.’’ This is a loss for women, of course. But it’s also a social and economic loss for people and businesses generally. Perhaps it’s a matter of bias that has not enlightened up with our thinking. This partly explains why women take a longer tie to fit in their places of work.

Here is why.

Everyone wants to fit in. so, where is the problem? Challenges set in right from the time you take on your new job. Getting used into your new place of work calls for brilliance. Good employees will always for a copy of the company strategic plan. In doing so, they are able to put all their efforts in the direction the company is taking. But more so, this helps align your professional career to the most pressing sections of the company. Say a company is a consultancy firm and in the strategic plan, the firm is targeting 60% revenue from training and 40% revenue from consultancy services. This clearly indicates that you should focus on acquiring public speaking skills. Why is it that you are not fitting in the work?

Priorities

In order to figure out if you will survive at new job, you have to understand what’s important to you, what your motivations are and the type of environment you thrive in. knowing the influential figures in the company by name should be one of your priorities.

What characteristics did they have? Then ask your potential manager during an interview how they would describe their management style. Do the two have anything in common?

If your skills are outside their expectations, this is where the concept of prioritizing comes in. Get to know what their biggest pain in. what value you can add to the company. Always set your targets in accordance with the most pressing issues of the company. This makes you fit in the work.

Failure to align efforts towards the company strategy

Many employees struggle to align their organization’s culture with its business strategy. Why is the alignment important in the first place? If the company’s focus is on innovation, then employees are expected to share ideas that will transform the company to achieving this strategic plan. The employers want the employees to think creativity. If the culture is aligned with innovation, employees are rewarded when their new ideas hit the jackpot.

The difference between good and excellent employees is simple. They have common characteristics but are differentiated by one or two acts. Good employees will attend company strategic retreats but excellent employees ask for a copy of strategic plan from start to finish and internalized what the focus areas are? Stand out of the crowd. Be at the top of your game. Improve your skills and read a copy of the strategic plan. You will definitely fit in. establishing worth, work ethic and gaining needed experience is necessary. Even if the position isn’t exactly what you imagined, you can still learn about the industry, how the profession works, gain insight into the skills and tools necessary to succeed, and begin building a network with professionals in the field. Evaluate what’s important to you and the company.

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