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Just For Fun: Incentives, For The Grad Students Out There…

July 17th, 2010 · 2 Comments
Incentives · Just For Fun

From Piled Higher & Deeper:

A not-unrelated question: Would you rather promote your best employee or your worst?

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nick // Jul 17, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    the Peter Principle?

    Promote randomly – that way you avoid deliberately promoting people until they are no longer good at their job!

  • 2 Rev. Pfloyd // Jul 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    You know, I still have a tinge of bitterness about the subject of “promoting your best employee”.

    I worked for a fairly large corporate subsidiary doing inventory management and had managed to work the company which–before being bought by the corporation–had lacked a good system for accounting inventory, let alone having a real-time inventory system at all that didn’t involve calling down to the warehouse and asking if they had a part on the shelf.

    Regardless, I got them on the straight and narrow, got the new system and tracking working, and a position opened in procurement that the procurement manager said I should apply for. It would have been a great promotion but my own department manager said they wouldn’t let me take it because they wanted someone with a college degree in the position, despite all my relevant experience. Word got back through me that my manager didn’t want to give me up because he thought the department would collapse without me in my position since I knew everything about it.

    So apparently you CAN be too good at your job. But I got the last laugh because I quit the company altogether and enrolled in college. And now I’m a snarky economics/finance student.

    *thumbs nose*

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