How to Advance in a Company

How to Change Roles in a Company

Sometimes changing roles at work can feel like a major transformation -- like you've just stepped into someone else's shoes, and you're not sure what to do first. Unfortunately, others may also have a hard time accepting you in your new role. This is basic human nature, so don't take it personally. The good news is there are some things you can do to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Before you take that important step forward in your company, be sure to establish as many good working relationships as you can, and this includes people in lower positions within the company. You can never have too many friends at work -- whether it's the receptionist, the mail room clerk or the one guy in the office who knows how to fix the copier. You need all the support you can get.

Once you do land the new assignment or promotion you've been dreaming about, be sure not to let the added pressure of your new role get the better of you. Sometimes moving up means increased anxiety, loss of sleep, co-worker resentment and a whole host of political issues within an organization. Build in time to take care of yourself and be sure to focus on keeping peace within your immediate team. Stress is a newly promoted employee's worst enemy.

Another point to keep in mind is that most people are so focused on moving upward in a company that they overlook the benefits of lateral moves. You may be stuck in a professional rut, or perhaps your current position has never been the best fit for you. In that case, any change at all can inspire newfound creativity and drive. This is an especially good idea if a move will increase your chances of rising later [source: Forbes].

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