“I have made a few mistakes in the way I have handled people situations at my company. I have even been written-up by Human Resources. HR said it would not stay on my record, but it has been 8 months since this issue. I have worked hard on my interpersonal skills and I continue to be turned down for positions that others think I am qualified. How do I overcome a road block in my career plan?”
I congratulate you for having the courage to ask the question because it is not an easy one to answer. Each situation often has its own set of circumstances that makes a solution unique. Here are some thoughts that may help you find a way over or around that road block you are experiencing;
Make sure you have improved; talk with your supervisor or manager and get their assessment of your level of change and whether or not it has been satisfactory enough for you to have a future at the company. If not, then you need to get clarification as to what they want and then you have to decide whether or not you can even perform to their standard.
Ask for reasons for not getting promoted; when you have been turned down for a position, use it as a learning exercise; find out why. Unfortunately you may not get the truth, but at least ask the question.
Visit Human Resources; ask HR why you seem to be road blocked from advancement. Ask if the earlier write up has anything to do with the situation and does it remain in your file for others to see and for how long. If your manager has seen improvement and feels you should be considered for advancement, then share that with them.
If you want to stay, then act like it; if you want a career with this company, make sure your actions and words reflect that you have respect for the company, your fellow employees and the leadership. Being negative and condescending is not going to support your cause.
Companies live within cultures and if you are tagged as a problem employee by the culture, it is very difficult to overcome; usually that means leaving for other opportunities. If you leave, let it be a fresh start somewhere else and apply what you have learned from the process; you will be better for it.
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