Earning a promotion and assuming new workplace responsibilities can feel overwhelming, regardless of how qualified you are. It’s natural to feel nervous. After all, you haven’t done it before and it can be difficult to know what to expect. This is why cultivating greater workplace confidence is so important after earning a promotion.
A new job promotion means navigating a new workplace dynamic, complete with new bosses and coworkers. So how do you step into your new role while engaging meaningfully with your new coworkers? How can you gain respect and assert yourself without gaining criticism?
In this article, we will provide key insights, tips, and strategies for building confidence in the workplace as you navigate your new workplace dynamics, post promotion.
What is a job promotion?
To start, what is a job promotion? And what’s the difference between a promotion vs a new position? Let’s take a quick look at how promotions work: A promotion involves a new title, a new set of responsibilities, and a raise.
If you get a new title or take on new responsibilities, but don’t receive a raise, you have a new position, not a promotion. This is known as a “lateral job move.” In some cases, a new position is truly what’s best for you and your company. That said, it’s important to know how to advocate for yourself and know how to ask for a raise when necessary.
If you are taking on new workplace responsibilities and roles, you likely deserve a raise. Confidence in the workplace can help you advocate for your needs and ensure you are compensated fairly for your work.
What to do when you get a promotion
After you get a promotion, observe your new working environment carefully. Ask yourself questions such as: Who works well together? How are decisions made? How do people interact with one another? What are communication standards?
You want to be a good team player and contribute meaningfully toward your company’s goals. Ultimately this is why it’s important to understand the existing workplace dynamics. It may also be helpful to understand the meaning of a culture-fit workplace and to actively reflect on whether or not your new role embodies your personal and professional values.
While it’s important to be respectful of existing team dynamics, it’s equally important to try your best to be taken seriously and be treated as an equal, not as an assistant. It may take time for your new coworkers to see and treat you as an equal. If this is the case, be patient and respectful while consistently communicating your boundaries. Do not let other people delegate their work to you just because you are new.
How you interact with your new coworkers will be crucial for garnering respect and cultivating a collaborative working environment. Take extra care to
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demonstrate confidence and respect, especially during your first weeks and months in your new role. Take time to formally, or informally, touch base with your new coworkers. Ask them about the existing team dynamics, what you should know, and how you can best be of assistance. Do your best to communicate that you are a team player.
How to build confidence in the workplace
Adjusting to a new workplace role requires increasing confidence levels. There are lots of steps you can take to help settle into your new position and gain workplace confidence. Start by actively engaging in self-reflection and setting professional goals.
Reflect thoughtfully on your existing job skills. What are your natural strengths and talents? Where could you improve? Could you benefit from learning a new skill? You may even consider seeking out career coaching and counseling services as you grapple with these questions.
Having clear short-term and long-term goals will give you a greater sense of purpose and direction in your career. It will also help you navigate any transitions in your career, such as settling into a new promotion, with more grace, ease, and professionalism. Meeting goals, even small ones, naturally boosts confidence. So focus on completing manageable goals that are tailored to your strengths during the first few months in your new position.
Newly promoted workers often have a plan for their first 90 days in their new position. This is a good practice to follow. Keep up your forward momentum by consistently rising to challenges and taking clear, actionable steps towards your goals. Not only will this boost your self-confidence but it will also foster greater workplace confidence in your leadership capabilities.
Steps to increase workplace confidence
So how do you gain confidence at work? Consider some of these tips and strategies to help you transition into your new role with grace and professionalism:
- Make a list of clear short-term and long-term goals
- Focus on tangible goals and developing new skills
- Engage in professional development opportunities
- Observe your new workplace dynamics
- Periodically reflect on your progress and goals
- Reflect on your professional strengths and weaknesses
- Focus on the needs of the team
- Reflect on your past successes
- Seek out informal feedback from your peers
Communicating with confidence in the workplace
Confidence in the workplace is key when you step into your new work role. Ideally, you want to inspire confidence. And the best way to do that is to speak with confidence.
Do your best to practice good posture. Sit tall and stand up straight. Don’t slouch. Make eye contact. You may even want to start dressing more professionally. This will help you remember to communicate, verbally and nonverbally, with more confidence and professionalism.
Always approach your coworkers with respect and humility. Yes, your ideas are important and there is a reason why you were promoted. But being promoted doesn’t place you above the team. Ideally, you want to be well-liked and respected. The best way to accomplish this is by practicing clear and considerate communication. While you certainly do not want to appear arrogant, you also do not want to be treated as an assistant.
Key takeaways and moving forward
Earning a new promotion can feel both exciting and intimidating. It’s okay if your confidence wavers initially. Confidence typically comes in waves and cycles. Just don’t let it take too much of your attention. Remember, you earned this promotion — which means that people believe you are capable of completing your new tasks and responsibilities.
If you are struggling to regain your footing and continue your upward momentum, reflect on your past successes and your natural talents and strengths. Make clear, manageable goals for yourself. Seek informal feedback from your peers. Focus on the needs of the team and demonstrate your willingness to collaborate. Remember, you earned this promotion and people believe in your ability to succeed.
Take a moment to congratulate yourself on your recent success. Then make a plan for continuing to move forward in your career. If you feel like you could benefit from career coaching or counseling, reach out to learn more about our services.