This is clearly a ploy to get around the companywide salary freeze. All of the employees were stunned by this announcement. Not only have we been denied raises, but our workload has also increased due to unfilled vacancies. is constantly telling us to “do more with less.” Although we are thankful that we still have jobs, we can’t help feeling disgruntled and mistreated. I have toyed with the idea of sending the CEO a letter telling him about this deception. What do you think? Irate Employee
Answer: We’re all sick of greedy executives whose highest priority seems to be enriching themselves and their direct reports. If these promotions are a sham, your division head should be ashamed of himself.
Nevertheless, complaining to top management could be hazardous. Despite his previous proclamation, the CEO may have actually approved these vice-presidential moves. Unfortunately, executives’ words and actions don’t always match.
If your division head is indeed engaging in a rogue maneuver, ratting him out could result in retaliation. So you should carefully weigh the risks and benefits before lodging a complaint. Don’t let anger drive you to commit career suicide.
Since this decision has upset many people, a group protest might already be underway somewhere in your division. If so, adding your voice to theirs would be a much safer alternative.
As the economy continues to improve and more jobs become available, these avaricious managers may find themselves with a well-deserved turnover problem.
Tempted to lodge a complaint about management? If so, read these suggestions first: Should You Complain about Your Boss?
- Full-timers and part-timers see the boss differently
- Office etiquette: Showing concern for a co-worker's ill spouse
- Stop the trash talk: Don't let rude employees affect customer relations
- Overexplaining a past termination is a good way to not get hired again
- Stop just short of filing charges when a boss steps way over the line