11 ways to get a promotion, according to bosses

Blending the social aspects of your culture with the workaday responsibilities of your position (plus a few extra achievements for good measure) will stand you well with the higher-ups.

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If so, congratulations. If not, there might be something you can do about that.

We don’t mean “be more confident” or “be more passionate.” We mean specific actions you can take to impress your superiors—and take home a bigger paycheck.

Even if you’re not specifically looking for a flashier title or more money (although who isn’t?), these tips will help you become—or remain—a valued employee.

How did we find such useful tips? We asked the boss.

In fact, we interviewed nearly a dozen bosses, in fields ranging from marketing and tech to new media, executive recruiting, and financial planning. They spoke anonymously to LearnVest to share exactly why they’d promoted a direct report in the past. From telling the boss when she’s wrong to schmoozing at happy hour, their answers just might surprise you.

Tell me I’m wrong

“I love when someone smart challenges my thinking,” says one boss.

That’s not to say you should be arguing with your supervisors on a regular basis, but if you have a well thought out point that disagrees with your boss’s plan, consider bringing it up directly. As this boss says, “I love it even more when a person has the data/facts or examples to actually make their point.”

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