Arbeiter says the laziest people always get the quickest promotions

Upon entering the corporate world, many employees find with dismay that climbing the ranks is as much about politics as it is about work.

A user on TikTok recently went viral after claiming that “kissing ass” was the only way to get a promotion. Another claimed virally that she was given an ultimatum to socialize or risk being fired.

Now another user on TikTok has gone viral after sharing a complaint about the type of workers who thrive in a corporate setting.

“Something I really don’t understand is how the laziest, baddest, most bullying people in the workplace always seem to rise the fastest,” says user Amber (@lifeandworkbutbetter). “The kind people, the nice people, the ‘yes’ people, the people who would treat people like people in leadership, they don’t like bringing those people up to the top.”

The video currently has over 97,000 views.

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As the video continues, Amber notes that she speaks from experience.

“The moment I got into a leadership role trying to give people mental health days and making the schedules they wanted and just being aware that people have lives, the company hated it” , she explains.

“…I don’t understand why companies never hold these people accountable,” she concludes.

First, some commenters shared their theories as to why this might be the case.

“It’s because people at the top don’t want to see the working class as people,” wrote one user. “They think we’re lazy and justified. Why would they want to take us in?”

“Because it’s usually other bullies at the top that bring them up,” added another.

“Good workers [are] best used below to do the actual work. bad workers are good people who don’t even understand the work they run,” a third offered.

“Insecure management will never hire or promote someone smarter, or question their place in the company,” explained another user. “They are afraid of competent people.”

Writer Liz Ryan supports the latter idea in an advice column for Forbes.

“[Employers] have a greater fear than their fear of the company failing. Her biggest fear is that someone who works near her will challenge her or make her look like a fool,” Ryan writes.

“Lots of people get promoted to high positions in fear-based organizations because they don’t threaten leaders,” she continues. “Being non-threatening is the best thing to be in a toxic environment. That is the most important job requirement.”

No matter why it happens, users on TikTok agree that the practice is wrong.

As one user wrote: “Lord I appreciate that statement. I quit my job as a company manager. People didn’t seem to matter. You were important to me.”

The Daily Dot emailed the creator.


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*Initial publication: October 9, 2022 at 10:18 am CDT

Braden Bjella

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