How to recognize employees without a promotion

By Mike Bensi, advisor, FirstPerson

“Let’s promote him!”

This is unfortunately a very common response by leaders when they have a great performer within their company. He’s been with the company “long enough,” and now the leaders find themselves wondering what they’re going to do so he doesn’t leave the company.

What are some signs that making the person a manager might be a bad idea?

  1. He’s not good at managing. Sure he’s great at what he’s doing right now, but does that mean he’ll rock at managing other people?
  2. Your company is just too young or too small. Within flat organizations, you’ll find limited available management and leadership roles. At larger firms, you’ll find more opportunities for advancement, but it could take years for the person to get there.
  3. The person just doesn’t want to manage. Recent research is finding fewer people who have leadership aspirations.

So what can a company do to recognize the work the employee is doing, without handing out a promotion?

Read more

Related posts

Branding with heart

By Chad Stuckey, founder and Chief Creative Officer and Blair Wieland, Chief Strategic Officer...

Make your move

By Pamela Clark, director of student services and admissions, Indiana University Lilly Family School...

Here you grow again!

By Ann M. Merkel, Senior Vice President and Chief Market Development Officer, The National...

The outlook for giving

By Una Osili, director of research, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Looking for some...

Managing an endowment

By VonLehman staff | Every nonprofit dreams of receiving a large endowment that will...

2016 workplace trends

By Paul Ashley, Advisor, FirstPerson  | Each fall, FirstPerson’s team gets together to identify...

Why outcomes matter

By Zachary S. Kester, JD, LLM, CFRM, at Charitable Allies | Many nonprofit organizations...

Living the dream

By Patrick M. Rooney, associate dean for academic affairs and research, IU Lilly Family...

Lessons from the tank

By Chris Mennel, audit manager, Alerding CPA Group | Millions of people have tuned...

Key to employee engagement

By Deb Hunter, advisor, FirstPerson | Employee engagement is top-of-mind for many business executives....

Comments are currently closed.