Promotion Hinges On Co-worker’s Resignation?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a coworker who is delaying giving notice that he’s leaving:

My department is going through a re-organization. We have been since for six months. Decisions are just now being made with regard to developing new work assignments and implementation of new procedures. I was told that there is a possibility of a promotion for me, however management is reluctant to do that for fear that the other newer employee that does my same job may become upset and leave. I have 2.5 years sonority over this individual.

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