Reasons to Turn Down a Promotion
Congratulations. Based on your excellent track record and reputation for quality work, your employer would like to offer you a promotion. Accepting seems like the obvious thing to do, right? (More money! Nicer title!) However, it might pay to think a bit before committing.
Just as you would for any new job, learn about what the position entails. The level of responsibility might be significantly different. This may lead to longer hours, higher stress, and greater accountability when something goes wrong – challenges you may or may not feel comfortable with at this time in your life.
The nature of the work you perform also may change. Perhaps you enjoy interacting with customers, but this higher position involves an increase in behind-the-scenes organization. Would you still be happy? Likewise, your new role may entail overseeing other workers. If you’re someone who prefers working alone or feels uncomfortable giving orders, you may decide that your personality type isn’t suited for this job.
Finally, the promotion could involve moving to a different department, shift, or location. If you’ve established strong ties with your current colleagues, such a move may affect your overall job satisfaction. While it is certainly true that you may end up just as happy with your new co-workers, feelings about leaving your current support system should not be ignored.
Bottom line: After careful consideration, do what is best for you. While it is an honor to be offered a promotion, don’t treat it as an obligation. If the new position is a wanted step on your career path, by all means take it, but if it is not, don’t be afraid to politely decline.