These are the 11 reasons that employers are not giving you a promotion 6 years ago

These are the 11 reasons that employers are not giving you a promotion

This is infuriating.

A poll conducted by a job search website Careerbuilder asked 2,175 hiring and human resources managers across the world to list the traits that would discourage them from giving someone a promotion.


ATTN: reports that things like tardiness and having a bad attitude ranked predictably high but, shockingly, someone’s appearance seems to play a very significant role in how quickly they move up the career ladder.

When it comes to attire, 44 percent of managers noted that "provocative" clothing would turn them off offering a promotion.

On the other end of the spectrum, clothes that are deemed too casual or wrinkled are as detrimental to your career prospects.

According to the survey, 43 percent of the managers said that they would be less likely to give a promotion to someone whose clothes were wrinkled and 27 percent said they would be less likely to give a promotion to someone who dressed too casually.


Piercings outside of expected ear piercings also ranked very high on the no-go list.

The survey finds that about 32 percent of hiring managers said they would be less likely to promote someone who has visible body piercings or earrings in addition to traditional lobe piercings.

Hair is another big factor, with 25 percent of managers saying that they would not promote someone with an "unprofessional" haircut. The same apples to facial hair.

Another reason employers and managers might be reluctant to promote is down to bad breath.


Shockingly, 23 percent of managers said that bad breath could end someone's chances of shooting up the career ladder. Specifically for women, wearing too much makeup will deter 15 percent of employers from giving you the chance to shine.

Employers also revealed the top behaviors that hurt an employee’s chances for promotion:

  • Having a negative or pessimistic attitude: 62 percent
  • Regularly showing up to work late: 62 percent
  • Using vulgar language: 51 percent
  • Regularly leaving work early: 49 percent
  • Taking too many sick days: 49 percent
  • Gossiping: 44 percent
  • Spending office time on personal social media accounts: 39 percent
  • Neglecting to clean up after himself/herself: 36 percent
  • Always initiating non-work-related conversations with co-workers: 27 percent
  • Taking personal calls at work: 24 percent
  • Taking smoke breaks: 19 percent