How To Tell A Direct Report They Didn't Get Promoted

by Tim Sackett | Posted | Performance Management

How To Tell A Direct Report They Didn\'t Get Promoted

You know what sucks about interviewing for a promotion? Not getting that promotion!

Want to feel like a complete failure? Have someone in your organization approach you about interviewing for a promotion, and then don't get the job.

Why? Because as leaders we've failed our people when it comes to promotions.

You know what's hard? Telling someone they didn't get a promotion. Find out how managers can make the most of these situations in this episode of TalentTalks @timsackett
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Traditionally, if you were up for a promotion, you got the promotion! That's because the only time we would tell someone they were up for a promotion was when we had already made up our mind that person was our selection, so the interview was just some HR formality.

Let's face it, this is what most of us still do today! And that's going to be a problem when you start to run a modern employee performance management system, where you work constantly to develop your people and get them ready for that next step in their career.

In modern performance management, ideally, you want your employees to interview for promotions they'll not get, yet. You want to use these interviews as mechanisms for great developmental feedback, not as a "sure-thing-you-got-the-job-promotion" fake interview.

All of this leads to one of the hardest conversations leaders will have - how do you let a really good employee know they didn't get the promotion? I've got some tips in the video below.

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