5 unexpected ways a promotion can make your life harder — and how to deal with them
We often think that a promotion will bring more money, success, and status, but there are drawbacks to almost any promotion.
You may need to work longer hours. Issues that used to be someone else's problem are now yours. Managing people can be tough.
I once received a promotion where I'd manage a new department at a small company. The change brought lots of interesting challenges and boosted my self-esteem, but there were some very hard moments, too. Here are five ways that getting promoted made my life more difficult:
1. I had to go to bat for myself
Now, he was my peer, and we could commiserate about the difficulty of being managers in this company, but he could no longer shield me. It was now up to me to stand up to the big shots and fight for my department.
2. I was working more overtime
3. I didn't get to make my own decisions
I could foresee the problems and wanted to do things another way. But my management decisions had been micromanaged, and I still had to enforce upper management's ideas all while keeping "my" employees under control and performing well. This conflict can make middle-management positions stressful and exhausting.
4. Coworkers undermined me
5. No one trained me for my new role
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I had many good leadership qualities — creativity, passion, and honesty — that helped me "fake it," but I didn't really know what I was doing half the time in terms of organizing and managing. Some training or more support to negotiate new responsibilities might have helped.
Sometimes, a new job just doesn't fit right, but you don't always get to try on the new role before you take it. I was awesome at the job I had before the promotion, but I'd say I was mediocre at being a manager.
So consider the new position very carefully — if it doesn't look like it will fit, consider passing up that promotion and waiting until the right position comes along. You may just be happier where you are!