Experts say that the less you say at work, the more you enable others to define your role at the company. And that could kill your chances of ever getting a promotion or raise.
So, here are the top reasons using your voice on the job will help you move up the ladder:
First: It boosts your productivity. Experts say that when you speak up during meetings, it fuels discussion, and sparks new business ideas for you and the whole company to work toward.
Another benefit of speaking up during meetings: It grooms you for a power role. That’s because if you put yourself out there and speak up all the time, you’re more likely to be seen as a leader. So odds are, management will start asking you to lead meetings, or head new projects.
And the final reason why using your voice catapults you up the ladder: It creates unexpected opportunities. For example, your boss hears you share a new product idea in a meeting and decides to tell the president of your company about it. The president then loves your idea and gives the official go-ahead to turn your product idea into a reality.
It may sound far-fetched, but experts say these situations play out in offices everywhere every single day. Once you’re on their radar, you’re on the short list to get a raise or a promotion.