Younger employees don’t understand the concept of promotion – Ugo Obi-Chukwu

The Founder and Publisher of Nairametrics, Ugo Obi-Chukwu, took to his Twitter page over the weekend to talk about how younger employees of nowadays are impatient when it comes to promotion and salary increment.

According to him, young generation workers do not understand the need to wait for two years for promotion or raise.

In his brief thread, he asked if this young generation workers (specifically those born after 1989), feel entitled.

So it appears younger employees (born after 89) don’t understand why they have to wait more than 2 years to get a promotion or a raise.

Are they entitled?

— Ugo Obi-Chukwu (@ugodre) April 14, 2019

He continued by saying that about 25 years ago, it was easier for someone to become an Executive Director of a bank at age 35 even if they joined at age 23. However, such privileges do not exist anymore, he explained.

This is because twenty five years ago, Nigerian banks were mostly startups. Therefore, any young employee who is desirous of rapid career growth should consider working in a Fintech startup.

About 25yrs ago, you could make ED in a bank at 35 if you joined at 23. Not these days.


Banks were startups at that time.

If you’re a Generation Y or Z looking for rapid career growth, better to look for work in a Fintech Startup or any Startup with scale potential.

— Ugo Obi-Chukwu (@ugodre) April 14, 2019

A hard worker needs a reward 

In response to Mr Obi-Chukwu’s tweets, many of his followers argued that the young generation of workers do not feel entitled. Instead, they simply demanding value for their works.

Another follower added that companies should devise means of measuring competency and performance of workers. That way, no competent/capable employee would have to wait longer than necessary before getting a promotion.

Oh well organisation should create metrics to measure performance and competency level . Why wait for 2 years when an employee is capable of the next position or role.

— Afolabi awoyemi (@ahfo4real) April 14, 2019

Employers should be clear on the growth path

Some of Mr Obi-Chukwu’s followers pointed out that employers should always create room for growth in a job, as it will help the individual to understand what they are embarking on.

Generally I would say there’s a high level of entitlement with the younger ones. I had a problem with this until recently when I realized that clear communication of expectations goes a long way for both parties. Be clear about growth paths from day 1. Saves everyone the trouble

— ‘Wande S (@wendysak) April 14, 2019

Others felt that some employers simply do not promote or raise salary, regardless of the effort the employee might be putting into their jobs.

One follower narrated how a friend of his worked so hard and made immeasurable records on his assigned projects. And when the time for promotion came, his friend’s efforts were ignored even as his name was not mentioned.

God bless you for this. Nowadays Performance doesn’t justify promotion. I know a friend that had A* for 3 straight years in one of the biggest bank in Nigeria, did 105% of Budget in a recession. Yet he’s name was passed during promotion. Then you have people call him entitled

— ObiOzor (@Josh_ObiOzor) April 14, 2019

Source: Nairametrics

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