Career path, Work environment

What is a corporate ladder

The challenge of climbing a corporate ladder is exciting!

All big companies and even the small ones are based on the internal order and corporate ladder of their employees. The term ‘corporate ladder’ is a conceptualized view of the company’s employment hierarchy.

Think of it like this: in a football match, each player has their position and area he covers, at least most of the time. You know who plays offense, who plays defense, and who is in the middle just by glancing at the field. The same is within companies. The division of roles and distribution of work and responsibility must be clear and exact.

Why it is important?

On top of the ladder, you will find the CEOs and managers of the company. They are the highest authority and they are in charge of all important decisions. Next on the ladder, you might find their close associates and assistants, who mostly answer to the managers only, and often have their team of employees under them. The regular employees are somewhere in the middle of our imaginative corporate ladder. At the very bottom of the ladder are entry-level employees who are starting their training program, and are still new in the company, and lack necessary work experience. That doesn’t mean they will stay at the bottom. Most of the companies have a promotional process by which an individual can climb up the ladder.

How do I climb the ladder?

Requirements for climbing a ladder vary from company to company. One can get a promotion for their hard and efficient work, extreme dedication and positive attitude towards work, important accomplishments for the company, working in the company for a long time, and so on. By climbing the corporate ladder, one gets more recognition and a higher status in the company. Also, the higher you are, the higher is your monthly income. But with that comes much more responsibility as well. Being at the top of the ladder usually means making tough decisions and managing stressful situations due to the ‘weight’ these situations have for the company and all its’ employees.

Sometimes, interpersonal conflicts may arise between the employees who are trying to prove themselves and climb up the ladder. Competition between them can result in unwanted conflicts, but can also serve as a great motivation to keep on pushing and giving your absolute best at any given moment.

No matter where you are on the corporate ladder at the moment, remember that each employee is important, and everybody should have the same chance to climb up the ladder. It may take some time, but it is just a matter of time and effort you’re giving in to it.

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