Free advice from an old-timer to some of the younger employees who I see making the same mistake daily. They want to prove themselves so they keep doing their jobs and the jobs of two other people combined. Listen to me, the days when that mattered at Oxy are long gone. These days, if your boss realizes what you're doing, he or she will start to heap praise on you but also add more and more work to your plate. You will not be promoted because nobody wants to lose an employee who makes them look good. You'll be stuck working like a horse for no good reason or reward, other than an errand "atta boy/girl." Don't do it.
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So you thought you worked harder then your peers but they were the ones getting promoted and not you.
In order to justify this, you convinced yourself you’re too valuable to your department and management won’t promote you for fear of losing you.
Does that pretty much sum it up?
Yeah, that’s the only reason I can think of for someone not receiving a promotion.
I agree with the OP. We should give them the amount of work they are paying us to do and not one cent more. If we give more than what they pay us to do we are not valuing ourselves enough. If we don't they never will. We must understand and remember this is a buisness both ways and not a family and friends gathering even though they try to brain wash us otherwise. We are at work to exchange our precious time and wear and tear on our bodies and minds to work for money.
OP is a sad old timer who has given up. Working hard and going beyond expectations does lead to more money and promotions.
You are way off with this post. No one wants employees with the attitude that they only do the minimal amount of work. If you operate like this then you should be gone. Go try working as a gas station cashier. You would fit right in with the types that never replace the roll of receipt paper in the pumps. Walmart would not even have you.