Requests for promotions are on the rise, according to a study by Accountemps cited by the Society for Human Resource Management. Forty-three percent of chief financial officers who responded said that promotion requests have been increasing. Many people in the current economic climate might have difficulty making this request, but there are other ways of keeping employees happy. For one thing, most employees appreciate having extra vacation time or at least the ability to telecommute. A manager could also recommend an employee do professional development and then pay for the associated costs. This could be of benefit to someone who doesn't quite merit a full promotion but could still be a good contributor – in essence, giving someone the opportunity to be groomed for a future promotion.
If that doesn't work, then consider offering larger bonuses. Many people would appreciate the extra cash during the holiday season because it helps to pay for gifts and other seasonal expenses.
How to deny a promotion
Denying someone the promotion they want can be a challenging part of human resource management, but sometimes it is a necessary part of the job. This is especially hard when many people are vying for an internal position with a lot of interviews back and forth. Usually when someone is being denied a job, the HR manager won't see that person again, but when people work together every day, they will have to make some kind of acknowledgement of what has happened and then move on.
The best way to tell someone he or she didn't get a promotion, according to the Houston Chronicle, is during a private meeting. Remember that timing is important, but by the same token, it's necessary to get to the matter at hand and tell someone he or she didn't get the job as soon as possible. When people are left waiting to find something out, it can be more awkward when they eventually learn they didn't get a position they had wanted.
Remember as well that you should explain your reasoning thoroughly. You don't want to criticize your employees, but you also have to remember that they will want some reason for why they didn't get the job.
After moving through the hard part, consider talking to them about other career opportunities, such as a different position that might be available or something else they could consider doing. If that person assumes another role in the company, then it won't feel quite as much like they were denied advancement.