I have been in a company for more than 5 years. This company is known for its extremely slow progression so I had not been promoted even once, but the reason I stayed so long was because the colleagues are generally nice.
There is also no OT pay for staying back late.
Due to poor management, our turnover rate has been very high, with an average of 6 people resigning per year. Because of this, my workload had increased significantly compared to when i first joined, on top of taking a bit of side projects. Therefore, I’m thinking of requesting for a promotion.
However, here comes the problem, I also have a couple of hard-core colleagues who not only took on a high workload, but is willing to take on more side projects by staying back late almost every day even without OT pay or bringing work home sometimes.
I only stayed back late once in a blue moon to complete really urgent stuff as I believe in work-life balance.
Now my question is, generally for promotion, is it dependent solely on my contribution over the years or does promotion works like a bell curve, which is relative to how I compare against my colleagues? If it’s the latter, does this mean I have no right to bring up promotion?
Here are what netizens think:
- Will getting promotion result in a pay increment of a reasonable amount? Else no point asking for a promotion. My take is if the company is not well run, go to one that is. The turnover rate is high is because the thinkers want progress and they are not getting it from this company. Don’t waste years on a company that doesn’t appreciate its employees. Don’t work yourself to the ground, everyone is replaceable. The moment you leave, you will be forgotten the next day.
- Some people may feel stuck if they are tied down by commitments with bills to pay. I assume you are not in this category yet since you are more keen in a promotion without even mentioning pay. Don’t wait till you reach the stage of those who feel trapped due to commitments to consider changing job. Start hunting for a new company. Good luck.
- It depends on the budgetary limitations of the company. Some companies have merit based promotions, whereas some have vacancy based promotion. The former will not be based on a bell curve, as long as your management is satisfied that you fulfil the criteria (which again can be fluid depending on the management flavour of the day) they can promote you. If it’s the latter then it’ll be the best person for the job, ie the one who works hardest for the least amount of money.