Nobody goes into a job hoping to stay at the lowest level and making the least amount of money. Everyone wants to advance but how do you do it? Too many people discount even the possibility of advancing. I heard a bagger at a grocery store speaking to another store employee. The bagger was complaining about the lack of opportunity to advance. He said he was just a bagger and there were plenty of other baggers to pick from. He didn’t think he would get picked.
Well, maybe he won’t but he acted like the choice was some kind of whim of fate, like there was nothing he could do to increase his chances. There’s a lot you can do to increase your chance of receiving a promotion. The first thing you have to do is get noticed in a good way. A grocery store is the perfect example. I don’t know how many times I’ve gone and had the cashiers and baggers act like I was just a side product, that their main purpose was to socialize with each other. I have gone through check out lines where I was never even once addressed by the cashier or the bagger.
Now, as a person who hires and promotes others I have to say workers like that would be passed over by me. I would be looking for the cashier who was courteous to her customers, who worked fast and accurately yet always stayed friendly. She would be the one I promoted to the customer service desk. I would look at the bagger who quickly and efficiently packed the bags paying attention to what items should and should not be placed together and not over-stuffing the bags; the bagger that is sincere when offering help to take groceries out to a customer’s car. That would be the bagger I would promote to cashier.
It’s really not hard to get noticed. First you’re going to have to accept that you are expected to work for your check. Then you are going to have to show that you are a better worker than your co-workers. Usually that’s not very hard. People have gotten very lazy and seem to feel they are owed something (in this case a check) but conveniently forget what they are supposed to be doing in exchange (that little thing called work).
You’re going to have to decide, do you want to advance and get raises or do you want to cave to peer pressure and be a slouch who gets passed over? You have more control over the process than you realize.