What to do When You are Offered a Promotion You Don’t Want

Nov 28, 2023 | Podcast

World at Work episode 58 what to do when you are offered a promotion you don't want

“Just be honest. Explain that this is the right role at this time, and tell them why. If you are interested in being considered for roles in the future, then say that. Say, “this isn’t me saying never.”

Believe it or not, there may be a time when you find yourself in a position where you are offered a promotion that you don’t want. It’s a tough situation to be in, but do not be afraid to say no to a promotion that doesn’t align with your long-term aspirations or personal life. Honest conversations with your employer can lead to better opportunities that suit your skills and interests.

Always challenge yourself and question your initial reactions. Sometimes, we may need to reassess if a promotion feels uncomfortable because it’s out of our comfort zone. Never say “no” right away without some reflection. It’s important to consider your values, goals, and work-life balance before making a choice.

If you do decide that the promotion is not the right fit, remember to have an honest and constructive conversation with your supervisor or boss. Explain your reasons and remain positive about your commitment to growth and development. Don’t forget to ask your leaders what they saw in you that made them consider you for the promotion. This will open dialogue about your strengths and interests, potentially uncovering new opportunities down the line. Sometimes, turning down a promotion can lead to even better, more aligned opportunities down the road.

The decision to accept or decline a promotion is a personal one. By staying true to yourself and your goals, you can find a path that brings you fulfillment and growth. Your happiness and well-being matter just as much as your career progression. Trust your instincts, stay open to new opportunities, and strive for that perfect work-life balance.

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Episode Highlights

02:30 Deciding against promotion when it doesn’t align with personal life.

05:02 Right fit is crucial for success.

08:44 Challenge your initial reactions, reassess and communicate.

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