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Hard Work Doesn't Get You the Promotion, Favoritism Does

If you think working hard and producing great results for your company will get you a promotion, think again. According to a new study by market research firm Penn Schoen Berland, 92 percent of senior executives say they've seen people get promotions through favoritism and 84 percent of them have observed it at their own companies. However, the good news is that although playing favorites is a heavy factor in career progression, executives still say skills and performance reviews are the reasons for their most recent promotions.

The research also revealed another important nugget: managers already know who they are going to pick for the promotion if they have a pool of candidates to choose from even before the decision process begins.

The working world is a very complex environment and more often than not, emotion plays a big factor. After all, during the interviewing process, the interviewers are more likely to hire those whom they feel an affinity with. Further, they are also more likely to hire those who have been referred by current employees. That almost seems to be a mild form of favoritism, so I'm not surprised that it continues to play a role throughout the course of the employee's career. Although workers should be judged based on their performance, it very often does not work out that way. Do you see favoritism in your workplace?

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amber512 amber512 4 years
My mom has told me my entire life "it's not what you know, it's who you know." Which is good, because my mom knows seemingly everyone!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 4 years
I do, but a lot of times I also think that "hard work" is confused with "working long hours". I have seen a bunch of people at my work where I have the feeling that they have exactly as many tasks to do as anyone else, but because they are not organized and have no sense of priority, and maybe even aren't as good as their job as some others, they take a longer time to finish their stuff. This may look like they're working harder, when they're really not.
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