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7 Ways to Make Sure Your Employee Knows How to Get Promoted If you're serious about helping your employees advance in their careers, make sure they know what it takes to get promoted in your company.

By John Boitnott

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Many businesses claim that they are fully committed to promoting from within. At the same time, that company line often runs smack into the brick wall of reality, when corporate managers and leaders find their existing pool of already-hired talent simply isn't deep enough for a more demanding position.

One of the biggest reasons for this paucity of promotable talent is pretty straightforward: Workers don't know what they actually have to do to get promoted. As a result, they often disappoint company leaders, in addition to creating frustration and blocking opportunities for themselves. A lack of employee engagement and loyalty often complicate the relationship between the company and the worker in question.

Fortunately, the fix is fairly straightforward as well. A little transparency goes a long way. Use these seven tips to help your top talent clearly see the path towards promotion.