How to Properly Handle a Job Promotion

There's nothing wrong with being proud of yourself when it comes to success, but be careful not to go overboard with the good news. Modern Manners Guy weighs in on this throny situation

Richie Frieman
2-minute read

Let me start off by saying there is absolutely nothing wrong with being proud of yourself when it comes to success, any success. And if that success comes in the guise of a job promotion, which you earned after months – if not years – of late nights, long weekends, and more headaches that you can count, you should certainly feel a sense of accomplishment. And when you get that good news, you can't help but want to tell everyone about it. However, there is a certain etiquette that needs to be taken into consideration when doing so.

For starters, it’s important to remember that you getting the promotion means someone – even or many others – did not. Granted, you earned it and you should be proud, but this is not the time to do a victory lap around the office, fist-pumping with excitement. Save this for when you get home or even when you get in the car. Heck, if you want to crank up "We Are the Champions"on the ride home and sing to the top of your lungs, have at it...just not around fellow coworkers.

See also: How to Turn Down a Job Promotion

There’s no need to gloat about your promotion to others, as in, "Who has two thumbs and now has a corner office and is making twice as much? This guy, that's who!" Nothing pisses people off more than a braggart. You will get no respect by doing this and no one will want to join your bandwagon. 

And lastly, don't change who you are. Yes, you've achieved something prestigious and had to work your butt off to get it, but that doesn't mean your new corner office grants you the right to act like the King or Queen of the castle. This is especially true when dealing with people you used to work with, but who now you work over. The fastest way to lose any authority or political capital is to treat others with condescension.  

Always remember this little tidbit my professional wrestling coach told me when I was learning the ropes (yes, pun intended): The ass you kick going up, is the ass you kiss coming down.

So if you walk over people to get to the top, chances are one of those people will get even higher than you and remember how you treated them. It's called karma, folks.

Do you have a great story about how you or someone you know mishandled a promotion?  Post all the details in the Comments section or on the Modern Manners Guy Facebook page.

As always, if you have another manners question, I look forward to hearing from you at manners@quickanddirtytips.com. Follow me on Twitter @MannersQDT, and of course, check back next week for more Modern Manners Guy tips for a more polite life. 

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