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In a workplace once in a while somebody is promoted for different reasons. For own merits. to fill a position vacant, for recommendation, personal favors, etc.
Last night having diner with my wife and her sister in law, we were talking about work, the sister in law has been promoted 2 months ago and i asked her how is the relationship with her colleagues after she was promoted. She said ¨so so, most of them colaborate with me but there are few don´t, they feel jealous¨. My wife started to talk about her story ¨when I was manager in a factory, at the begining nobody listened to me, I wasn´t promoted, i applied for that position and I got it but time after i knew that other guys were applying for my position and I really had a hard time with them, I don´t know the bad treatment was for my gender or for frustration on them because i got ¨their¨position . Time after another guy in the factory was promoted and i noticed some people started to look down on him with no reasons¨.
I also shared my story at the dinner. Many years ago in one of my first jobs working as a salesman, after 2 months I was promoted to be the assistant manager, i was so happy and almost all of my colleagues congratulated me, except 2 guys, for me was ok but when i took the position and at time to give some orders (with good manners) damn it, things were different with these 2 guys, all the times busy, no time for orders, orders a gave to them, they did it in bad mood or with mistakes, after a serious conversation with them, they improved their work. Couple years after I became the manager and everybody were on my side.
Sometimes you think you know your colleagues and have good work enviroment but when something happen like a promotion, things can change for good or for bad.
How do you react with a promoted colleague?
Are you able to colaborate with him/her?
Are you able to congratulate and to cheer your colleague´s promotion?