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What stands in the way of you getting that next job promotion you want so badly? Is it:
All these factors certainly play a role, but the biggest obstacle is carrying around a sense of entitlement! Entitlement is defined as ‘the feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something’.
Recently, working with a client whose organization had gone through tremendous change and restructuring, I noticed there was a fair amount of job changes and the need to reposition certain employees. Many embraced the change and the opportunity to advocate for themselves, demonstrate their competence and willingness to do what it would take to move the company and their career forward. On the other hand, I was surprised by how many employees were:
The sentiments among employees went from “Thank goodness our company was rescued and is being revived and I have my job” to “Where’s my raise and don’t they know they are lucky to have me?”
Executive coach Linda Haines explains, “The mindset is, ‘I don’t have to give much but I expect my employer/boss/co-workers will give me something — respect, pay, promotions, etc., — just because.’” Ms. Haines says entitlement manifests itself in the following workplace traits: a resistance to feedback, an inclination to overestimate talents and accomplishments, a tendency to be demanding and overbearing and to blame others for mistakes, and little sense of team loyalty. Sound familiar?
These behaviors showed up clearly in one employee I had the opportunity to observe. Joe had been working in the marketing department for just over a year. He came to his position from another department with little experience in marketing but a willingness to try something new. Joe is a competent team member but still clearly on the front edge of his learning curve. He found out his manager was leaving the department to work in another area of the company – so the department manager position was now open! Joe jumped on the opportunity. But his undoing was how he did it. Here were Joe’s big mistakes:
Entitlement can happen at any age, whether you are a millennial or a long-term employee. Entitlement does not discriminate over age. What can you do to make sure you are never accused of feeling entitled when you have the opportunity to get promoted?