What It Is Like to be Promoted

Or: Why I’ve Been the Worst Blogger in the History of Time

It’s a common fact that being promoted is an excellent thing. It is a deserved reward for hard work, and appreciates that an individual has a greater capacity for success in the work place. It should be celebrated, and comes with all sorts of perks, like better pay and increased professional importance.

Right?

That’s why people get pretty jazzed* about it.
*This is how the cool kids are talking these days, right? Man, I’m so hip.

But sometimes this is not true.

Sometimes, you are abruptly told that you have been promoted.

And, of course, you are then entitled to a justified happy dance, even if it is awkward.**

And, of course, you are then entitled to a justified happy dance, even if it is awkward.**

**And it is always very awkward.

…Into a different department. Onto a different career path. With largely increased responsibilities. Without increased pay.

These things have a tendency to interrupt even the most awkward of dances.***

These things have a tendency to interrupt even the most awkward of dances.***

***Resulting in even more awkward-looking poses. It’s hard to stop an awkward dance in progress.

But still. You have been promoted. And there’s not very much you can do about it. Because it’s an honor. Your professional superiors are acknowledging your potential! And your hard work!

So try to look happy about it, ok? It's a PROMOTION.

So try to look happy about it, ok? It’s a PROMOTION.

As a newly promoted individual, it’s your job to dedicate yourself completely to your job. Your projects are your life. You’re tasked with showing you’ve earned your professional status.

Because if you are a boss, you have to get things done like a BOSS.

Because if you are a boss, you have to get things done like a BOSS.

Your new professional status means you are now doing a different job, however. Which means you will have larger quotas to meet, increased responsibilities to fulfill, and a greater bar of achievement to hit.

This is a very bad way to catch heavy projects. I do not recommend it.

This is a very bad way to catch heavy projects. I do not recommend it.

Of course, more responsibilities mean longer hours. And that’s only to be expected, because you’re growing, professionally. That’s great, right?

Help. I'm being repressed. Uh, I mean...Yup. Great.

Help. I’m being repressed.
Uh, I mean…Yup. Great.

It’ll look great on your resume. I swear.

9 thoughts on “What It Is Like to be Promoted

  1. Awww 😦 dejected hair!! This is not good 😦
    This sounds I me a rubbish way to be promoted!
    But it probably will look good on your cv!
    I hope things calm down a bit!!

  2. I was wondering if you were ok.

    Congratulations on the promotion? Hopefully you can get on top of the new projects soon and (eventually) be compensated.

  3. There are some weird things about this promotion… Even if I will probably work when I am seven years older, I still can say your boss is kidding you. “Longer hours, more responsibility, and the same pay”, TOO WONDERFUL TO BE REAL SERIOUSLY. The world of work is very cruel, not very bearable and rarely rewarding, but, if you go on liking it, that means you’re fine with it and it’s better than the rest, I guess…

  4. Thursdays are the best day of the week to ask for a pay rise apparently. Oh wait…that’s tomorrow! Time to prepare your best, winning smile…

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