Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Promotions Aren't Like Birthdays...

Promotions at work aren't like don't get one every year. I've seen too many young people recently who think that they're entitled to a promotion after being in a job for only a year or two (and sometimes after an even shorter time). And they're pissing off their managers. Worse yet, when they do receive a promotion, then they expect one every year. It doesn't work that way in the real world. There are often situations where a candidate is on the border between title levels when he begins working at an organization. As part of the hiring negotiation, the company may agree to a review his performance after six or twelve months and agree to a promotion to the next level if his performance meets specific expectations. Even after that initial promotion, though, it may be 2-4 years before he receives another promotion.

Let's say the levels of an organization are as follows:

-Coordinator - Assistant Manager - Manager - Sr. Manager - Director - Vice President - President

With a promotion every year, an employee will have worked through the entire organization in six years, and anyone who thinks that the norm is to be president of a company in six years is seriously delusional. Anyone who thinks that being a director after six years is delusional! And in sports, it's even less likely. The simple rules of supply and demand apply for sports jobs more than most other jobs. Be realistic before you start a job. Otherwise, you're going to show just how naive you are and you're probably going to piss off your boss in the process.


Seth said...

Good thoughts. Makes me stop and think.

Is the industry too obsessed with job titles?

For the most part it seems like most organizations are pretty flat in the way they operate. So the ladder to climb is really not there. Why are people in a hurry to climb it?

So maybe it is more of a compensation issue for most?

I dunno.

Michelle Wells said...

I don't think it's just the sports industry that is too obsessed with job titles. I think Americans, in general, are too obsessed with job titles.

Yes, sports seems to be pretty flat. Look at how many conference commissioners or athletic directors have been in their positions for a really long time. At Disney Sports, for example, people may move around and do different events, but they're all basically the same type. People there enjoy their jobs and just don't leave them, so there's no room to move up unless that happens. And if it does, there are hundreds of people interested in that one job. It's difficult.

It's partly compensation, I'm sure. Everyone, including me, thinks they should be earning more than they are, but that, too, is an area of unrealistic expectations, and moreso in sports than in any other industry I know of. Again, supply and demand. There is always someone who will do the work for less becasue they want to work in sports so badly.

Anonymous said...

Do you work at Ohio U?

I'm here for early start.

Michelle Wells said...

No, I don't work at OU. I was in Athens until earlier this month, but I was laid off by the technology company I was working for there. I'm in NYC working for the summer and start my new job at the University of Charleston in August.