Worker Accused of 'Cheating' by Angry Colleagues to Get Promotion Applauded

A man has been backed for working extra hours to win a promotion despite being accused of "cheating" by his co-workers.

In a viral Reddit post, u/Typical_Tie_2813 explained he is in his 30s, single, and doesn't have any children, therefore he has the ability to work at home and on the weekends. He has been taking on extra projects in a bid to bag a promotion.

The post has racked up over 14,600 upvotes and more than 2,000 comments. Many of them back the man, but some also warn him about his excessive productivity.

Newsweek reached out to a careers coach, who shared some top tips on how to get a promotion.

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In the post, the man revealed that the company vice president is retiring and that his manager will take on his position. Therefore, there is a managerial role available.

"I really want this position because it's a visible position and a great stepping stone to my career (as seen by my manager's promotion) and it'll almost double my pay. Once we found out about our manager's promotion, I started to take on extra projects and taking work home," he said.

He explained he leaves work at the usual finishing time, but continues until 9 or 10 p.m., and that he also works at weekends.

He said: "All those extra hours have allowed me to take on harder projects that others turned down and complete more than anyone else. My manager and the vice president have noticed and complimented me on my hustle."

They aren't the only ones who have noticed. Colleagues have too, but they aren't as supportive.

"Word got around and this week during our weekly conference call, my colleagues told me to cut it out. They accused me of cheating because I'm putting in the number of hours they can't so I'm skewing the production numbers.

"I refused and don't think it is cheating at all and argued they can put in the same amount of hours. Some said they can't because of family time and others refuse to work hours they won't get paid for (we're all on salary). We spent most of the meeting arguing about it."

Advice From a Careers Coach

Newsweek spoke to Jenna Bayuk, who is a careers coach based in Canada.

She said: "There are many factors considered for a promotion. Some companies have a very structured system based on tiers, and length of time in a role, mixed with development and excellence in a role.

"Others are based on your ability to collaborate and achieve the goals set both from a team and individual aspect, mixed with your ability to handle pressure, manage your time, and continue your growth.

"You're always going to end up working with someone who has a high drive to achieve and grow quickly within the ranks. Those types of people ignite that competitive spirit to go after what you want, or they can help you realize you're not on the same timeline to obtain that promotion and prefer a more balanced and structured career trajectory.

"What's key is understanding what type of career progression you're after, where the gaps are in terms of achieving that, then developing a plan to become a valued player, and then engaging your leaders to support that. That extra hustle always goes a long way - it doesn't have to mean adding an extra 10-20 work hours a week, but it does take intentional action, taking on projects that are outside your skillset to showcase what your abilities are and can be, jumping in to support other teams. The more you communicate your goals and take intentional action, the clearer the insight you have on your path to promotion."

The founder of Kinship Kollective, a company that supports entrepreneurs, has shared some tips that will help people climb the career ladder.

  • Get clear on the job you have vs the job you want
  • Understand your strengths, get clarity on your areas of required growth
  • Meet with your leaders consistently to get constructive feedback
  • Engage them in your goals and career path
  • Create a development plan and get feedback on that as to what you may be missing or should consider
  • Take intentional action outside your day-to-day responsibilities, and raise your hand to support other teams and projects - taking initiative is noticed
  • Communicate, but have patience! Sometimes the timing is right and you can accelerate quickly, other times there may be some bumps along the road, it's all in how you handle that journey and the relationships you build along the way

More than 2,550 people have commented on the post since November 18.

The top comment has received more than 30,000 upvotes. It said: "You're not cheating but you are at risk of being expected to give up your free time outside of work once (or if) you get the promotion."

Many people have agreed, as one user said: "Say you got the promotion - your management is going to be confused and potentially upset if you stop working overtime/at their will because you only did it for the new position."

"Honestly I'm more worried about OP putting in all this work and being too "valuable" in their current role to promote. I've seen it happen time and time again," said another person.

Newsweek reached out to u/Typical_Tie_2813 for comment. We couldn't verify the details of the case.

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