Moving up within a company is a major motivator for employees to stick with a job. Of course, an employee might not be promoted every year, but a sense that they can grow within a company is important.
For employees who have devoted years of their lives to a particular position, it can be disheartening to be passed over for promotion, so much so that it might justify leaving the company.
There are essentially three stages they may find themselves in as they progress within a job or career process, Johnson says. These are:
1. Stay-cate: You like your position and don’t want to move, so you develop new responsibilities closely aligned with your existing role. Example: A marketing assistant designing and spearheading a social media campaign.
2. Update: You like your role but want to grow, so you take your existing position in a new direction. Example: A marketing assistant gets promoted to marketing manager, overseeing general marketing operations.
3. Innovate: Your role is old news, so you take your career in a different direction with new responsibilities — and opportunities. Example: A marketing assistant moves to the financial team.
Recognizing where you are in the process can help you make good decisions, whether to stay, move within the organization or move on. It can also help you in the resignation process by clarifying where you would have liked to grow in your former role, and what kind of work you would like to perform in any future position at a future employer.