r/ProRevenge – Boss blocks my promotion, I block his job. By casinodom For background, I work in a very competitive part of the service industry. It’s a large enough community, but at the same time it’s small enough where someone somewhere in the industry knows you, so it’s important to not burn Bridges as one day you might find yourself In a disadvantageous position. I was in my position for a good 3 years as middle management, no call outs, never late, always stayed after to help my team out, worked on projects that belonged to my bosses, etc. Except for ONE DAY which I had gotten in a car accident (I was working the night shift and it was raining, this is important later in the story) and was unable to go into work as my car was undrivable and I had to wait for tow truck, insurance, and trying to find a ride late night/early morning was very difficult. At the time, my director had been let go and there was a blood bath, pissing contest to see who would get his promotion. For heiriarchy purposes it’s my director, my direct bosses all on same level of authority (3 of them) then me. One of the direct bosses (let’s call him Dick) decided he was getting the promotion and started shaking our department. Restructuring projects, changing people’s shifts, taking credit for other people’s work, he was a real pain. About a few weeks of this, he had decided to switch me from morning shifts (which I had gotten due to my seniority in the team) into night shifts. I didn’t make a stink because we were very short handed (also important) and the team needed help as we had newer members who had children, and I understood how this could affect their life. Fast forward a few more weeks and I get into the car accident which made me call out. This didn’t sit well with him as I had made the team suffer because of my irresponsibility (lol what?). I didn’t think much of it since I knew it was stressful and people tend to say things they don’t mean under stress. Soon after that I met some higher ups from another department, they offered me a job in a new venture the business was exploring. I was a good candidate because of my experience and work traits. Of course I agreed as this would be a promotion in position and salary, plus my network of contacts would put me in a position to grow even further. I went through a series of interviews (3 in total) and I was given the opportunity to take the position, I signed my paperwork and shook the hand. A couple of days later HR called me saying the position was rescinded, and that it shouldn’t come as a surprise. I was shocked and asked for a meeting to understand the decision. Queue the day of the meeting, I walked in and HR is sitting in the meeting room with Dick. After the cordialities, Dick explains that he blocked my promotion because I had attendance issues (which I had one call out due to my accident) and HR chimed in saying this shouldn’t deter me from applying again in 6 months (lol ok). I accepted defeat because I still needed my job, and I didn’t want to paint a Target on my back. A couple of days later a friend of mine that worked close to Dick had told me Dick had made the comment that he didn’t want to let me go because I would leave the night shift uncovered, and no one would easily accept that shift. I was furious, but decided to not act on it, as I explained earlier it’s a small enough business. A few months later the competition opened up close enough that a few people left to go there. I was one of them, I was hired by an amazing boss who I am still friends with years after. He offered me a great position and a huge raise in salary. For heiriarchy purposes it was my boss then me and my counterpart then our assistants. I had heard through the grapevine that Dick had gotten rejected from the director position and was leaving the company. About a week or so later I was looking at new hires with my boss to fill out my counterpart position. My boss calls me and says, hey look this guy comes from the company you came from. To my delight I saw Dick’s name. I had been hiring people to the assistant positions from previous company, so I guess Dick thought he was next. I told my boss the story about Dick and how he blocked my promotion. All my boss said was TBNT (thank you but no thank you). We didn’t even give him an interview. Looking back at it, we should have given him the interview and just said no, it would have made it sweeter. Like I said before don’t burn Bridges if your industry is small. Should have had your boss interview him, then give him an offer, wait for him to accept, and rescind it. When he asks why, your boss offers to meet with him to discuss it. And *then* you sit in on that meeting as your boss explains that their… prior history makes them unsuitable. [white noise sound] The god ole switcheroo, I love it [white noise sound] The shoes you piss on today might be connected to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow. [white noise sound] You definitely should have interviewed him. You failed. [white noise sound] The best part is op was doing objectively the right thing for the new company, a manager that will screw over their subordinates like that wouldn’t have been an asset anyway. It’s not even a matter of opinion at that point. [white noise sound] Give him the interview, then sit in on it. You are an absolute legend for making it to the end. Thank you so much for watching! If you enjoyed, please hit that like button. And if you can’t get enough, consider subscribing. See you around.