This man had been with his company for six years and had intended to spend the rest of his career there, but felt undervalued and overlooked when he was passed over for a promotion in favor of a new manager with no prior experience in the field. Here is what he had to say:
Moving Up the Ladder
John had been with his company for six years and had always felt valued and appreciated. He made great money, loved his colleagues, and had intended to spend the rest of his career with the company. However, when his immediate manager got promoted to a different office, John saw it as an opportunity to move up the ladder and make a name for himself.
He Was the Right Person for the Job
He messaged his manager and HR that he wanted to be considered for the position, and he received a reply from HR acknowledging his interest. John felt confident that he was the right person for the job.
He Had a Real Shot
He knew the job inside out, had great relationships with his colleagues, and had the top client earnings by far of anyone in his department. Plus, the three managers he had worked under had all been promoted from his position, so he felt like he had a real shot.
No Prior Experience
Two weeks later, John and his colleagues were called into the conference room to meet the new manager. To John’s surprise, it was someone he had never met before, who had no prior experience in the field and had never worked for their company before. They were told that the new manager was “new blood” and would “shake things up.”
He’d Been Overlooked
John felt a sinking feeling in his stomach. He couldn’t believe that they had overlooked him for someone who had no experience in their field. He approached his manager after the meeting and asked him what had happened.
His Manager Didn’t Get a Say
His manager explained that he wasn’t even asked for his opinion on the new manager’s replacement and that sometimes it was just down to the whim of the partners and the relationships that had been cultivated with them.
Hit a Dead End
John felt like he had been punched in the gut. He had always thought that he was valued and appreciated by the company, but now he realized that he was just someone who could make them a lot of money in his current position. There was no need to move him up. John realized that he was never going to go any further in the company, and he felt like he had hit a dead end.
He Contacted an Agency
He decided to contact an agency and had a new position lined up within a week. It paid slightly less than his current job, and he was no closer to a management position, but it felt good to know that he was valued somewhere else.
Everyone Thought He Was a Jerk
However, when John handed in his resignation, everyone thought he was a jerk. His old boss accused him of making him look bad in his last days, and his new boss (who hadn’t even started yet) called him numerous times, saying he was sabotaging her from the get-go. John’s colleagues were also disappointed and felt like he had let them down.
Motivated by Sexism
John’s partner was also upset, and she questioned whether his decision was motivated by sexism. She believed that John couldn’t handle having a woman as his new boss and that he was sabotaging her before she even started. John was hurt by her accusation and realized that he had made a sexist comment to her about his new boss, which had resulted in her having that opinion.
The Internet Responded
This commenter wrote, “Sometimes it’s cheaper to go for an outside hire rather than promote from within. You are expendable to your company. You need the job way more than the job needs you specifically. You didn’t agree with their decision and so you bounced. You didn’t do it to spite anyone in particular. Your old boss can get as mad as they want – it changes nothing.”
More Internet Comments
Another person commented, “Considering his current manager (the one with the most intimate knowledge of his value in the current position) wasn’t spoken to about this, and it was a decision made at a higher level, it lends credence to the idea that it was pay related. I’ve seen many, many times where going with an outside hire results in paying that person far less than if they promoted from within.”
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