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Is the act of moving an employee up the organizational hierarchy, usually leading to an increase in responsibility and status and a better remuneration package. It is linked with upward career progression and usually arises as a result of excellent performance. Fair and transparent promotion procedures are vital to ensure equal opportunities, and research reveals that a glass ceiling often inhibits the promotion of women, in spite of their abilities and performance. Ironically, promotion takes the person away from the job that he or she can do well into one that is more challenging and sometimes unfamiliar. This has led to the cynical notion of the Peter Principle: people are promoted to their level of incompetence. [See career ladder and career track/path.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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