Things You Could Be Doing to Keep Yourself From Getting a Promotion

Do you find yourself questioning why you haven't gotten a promotion lately? A recent study from CareerBuilder sheds light on the physical and behavioral factors that can hurt your chances at getting a raise.

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Do you find yourself questioning why you haven't gotten a promotion lately? A recent study from CareerBuilder sheds light on the physical and behavioral factors that can hurt your chances at getting a raise. The survey was conducted from Feb. 11 to March 6 and included responses from 2,175 hiring and human resource managers across industries and company sizes. Scroll through to see what they found.
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When asked which part of a worker's physical appearance would make them less likely to promote that person, 44 percent of employers cited provocative attire and 43 percent cited wrinkled clothes or shabby appearance.
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In addition, 32 percent cited piercings outside of traditional ear piercings, 27 percent said attire that is too casual for the workplace, and 27 percent said visible tattoos. Other answers included unprofessional haircuts, bad breath, heavy perfume or cologne or too much makeup.
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Employers also revealed the top behaviors that hurt an employee's chances for promotion and having a negative attitude was cited 62 percent of the time.
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Sixty-two percent of employers also cited regularly showing up late to work as a problem.
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Vulgar language was cited 51 percent of the time.
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Regularly leaving work early was cited 49 percent of the time.
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Forty-nine percent of employers also noted taking too many sick days.
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Gossipping was cited roughly 44 percent of the time.
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Employers also said spending time on social media accounts, neglecting to clean up after yourself, initiating non-work-related conversations with co-workers, taking personal calls at work and taking smoke breaks among the behavioral mistakes that could keep an employee from a promotion.
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