Managers and Supervisors Won’t Promote Me

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about having
a non-supportive supervisor and manager


In the place where I work, a few managers hate me because they are racist. I want to get a promotion, but I’m afraid they will turn me down. Even if I get the position they will annoy me a lot, because they don’t respect me.

The only thing I do that they might not like is that I turn my head and do not say “Hi” to them. They are not my managers now, but if I get a promotion they will be my managers. My supervisor says bad things about me because I am smart and he feels jealous of me. So, I need a miracle to prove how much I work. That’s why I am so serious at my workplace and don’t smile.

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Told I “Wasn’t Working Out” In New Assignment At Work. Now What?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about going back to a former assignment
when a new one didn’t work out.



I was a warehouse associate at a company for a year, then I was promoted to working in the field. After three weeks in the field I was told “it wasn’t working out”. What can I do now? I’m not sure why it wasn’t working out and no one really told me. My old job is still available, is it automatically mine to resume?

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A Year At My Job. How Can I Get a Promotion?

A question to the Workplace Doctors about how to get a promotion in spite of limited tenure.



I’ve done an amazing job in my position in a short amount of time. I want a promotion. We’re a small department and I’m the most senior person with my title and, again, I’m excellent at what I do (constant praise by boss on my work and I’ve really moved the company forward).

Another employer (not in my field) just contacted me and offered me an interview for a position they are trying to fill. I am somewhat interested in the position. More importantly, I am thinking of going through the application process to get the job so that I can use the job offer to negotiate a promotion and raise at the CURRENT job so that I can stay there (without moving on to a new job).

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Ask for a Promotion?

I’ve been at my job for a year now and I want to ask my boss for a promotion but I’m not sure how. Because it’s a fairly new and small company, there have not been any previous employees of my same title to look to for examples of how it’s done (i.e., moving up the ranks). There is one person who has moved up the ranks, but she’s made it clear to other people that she’s not going to give away the secrets to her success.. All she says when they ask for suggestions about changing their title is “Talk to the boss”. My work is solid and I’ve achieved a lot of results and accomplishments on the job over the last year. There are no formal evaluations. There have been a FEW low lights (personality related), but overall I get along with everyone on the job. Should I drop hints that I want a promotion or should I be direct and ask my boss about “opportunities for growth?” (He’s too busy to ask to go to coffee so any talk will be in his office).I have been quantifying my work so that I can show results of my work over the past year to my boss. I don’t want to appear too eager and ambitious, and I’m a bit wary of how the environment might be if I ask for a promotion and am told no and then have to continue to work there.. But I do want to try and want to make sure I do it in the right way.

Signed, Want to Try

Dear Want to Try for Promotion:

Don’t hint! Don’t gossip with coworkers about a raise or your status as apparently you or some coworkers have with the one who got promoted. Doing that conveys an impression of dissatisfaction and jealousy.

Rather, request an appointment and an evaluation. Since yours is a small company and there is no formal evaluation system, a boss should understand that you want to get a reading from him about how well you are meeting his expectations. Other than a brief cordial greeting once you enter his office, I think he will respect something like, “I’ve been here for about a year now and I would like to know how you see my work.” Or, “I think you would like to see what I’ve compiled on my assignments.” Bring in the numbers and any quality indicators of projects completed and suggestions of what you see ahead.

See your boss as a career adviser. Then if he says, “Not now”, you can get a idea of when and if. And if the “when and if” provides ample prospects for you in your small company, you need not feel uneasy about continuing to work there. Also follow up conversation should give you some sense about what to expect as to promotion. If he provides nothing tangible, you can decide if you want to pursue what’s next, possibly, by asking, “What do you see for me next? Or “To get promoted, do you want me to ask for one?” Or “Have I taken on the responsibilities and accomplishments that merit promotion?” Or “Have I earned a raise?”

Talking about what you see that might cut waste—wasted supplies, time, and money—and innovations are the kind of attitude and talk a boss likes to see in you. My signature sums that up: Working together with hands, head, and heart takes and makes big WEGOS. Will you tell us if these thoughts make sense and/or spark other ways to answer your concern for promotion and then what you do? You don’t owe us for these thoughts, but they are intended to help you on your career path and we will appreciate an update.

William Gorden


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How To Repair A Bad Opinion By A Boss?

A question is asked about how to repair a bad opinion by a boss, based on something that happened in a meeting. 



I’m mid-level in the advertising business where it’s important to be a go-getter. My company recently met with a collaborating company to discuss a joint-ad campaign. However, their terms were not favorable to us. I was more familiar with the account than my boss—he was at this meeting to finalize the terms of the deal.

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