Behaviors That Can Cost You a Promotion

September 10, 2013 ( – A recent survey from CareerBuilder revealed behaviors that can cost an employee a promotion at work.

The survey found that one-third (33%) of employers said they are more likely to promote an employee who has been vocal about asking for a promotion in the past. However, there are also several behaviors other than subpar or average performance that employers identified as keeping employees from promotions, including someone who:

  • Says “that’s not my job” (71%);
  • Is often late (69%);
  • Has lied at work (68%);
  • Takes credit for other people’s work (64%);
  • Often leaves work early (55%);
  • Takes liberties with expenses charged back to the company (55%);
  • Gossips (46%);
  • Does not dress professionally (35%);
  • Swears (30%);
  • Does not say anything in meetings (22%);
  • Cries at work (9%); or
  • Has dated a coworker (8%).

The survey also found that promotions aren’t necessarily accompanied by higher compensation. Nearly two-thirds of employers (63%) said that a promotion at their firms doesn’t always entail a pay increase.

This survey was conducted online within the United States, by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder, among 2,076 U.S. hiring managers and human resource professionals (employed full-time, not self-employed and nongovernment) between May 14 and June 5, 2013.