Employees Get Promoted by Getting Noticed

Topic(s): Uncategorized
Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (2013)
Article: Linking subordinate political skill to supervisor dependence and reward recommendations: A moderated mediation model
Authors: J. Shi, R.E. Johnson, Y.Liu, M. Wang
Reviewed by: Scott Charles Sitrin

New research (Shi, Johnson, Liu, & Wang, 2013), demonstrates that supervisor rewards (or recommendations for rewards) were linked to the number of times an employee interacted with a supervisor at work, their political skills, or the ability to make a good impression on colleagues and supervisors. Specifically, a subordinate with greater political skill was likely to interact with his or her supervisor more frequently. Unsurprisingly, supervisors tended to recommend rewards more for those subordinates with whom they interacted with most often. In this study, data was collected from 53 construction management team supervisors and 296 subordinates from a construction management company in South China. The key takeaway is that for employees seeking promotions, getting noticed by the boss is a good first step.