“At first, I was okay with it, but after talking to my friends about it, I’m starting to think it is very weird and it has started weighing on my mind,” says Karen Mwaniki
A promotion at the workplace marks a milestone in every professional’s life. This is because it is usually seen as an indication that you are growing in your career and that you are that much closer to reaching your career goals. It is usually supposed to be a happy time and it’s meant to be made via official channels. What do you do when your employer wants to keep it a secret?
I have been working in the same place for close to 4 years now. When I started working, the pay was little and to be honest, on many instances, I had contemplated quitting because the salary was just too little. However, as time went by, my salary was reviewed twice and I started earning a comfortable salary.
In this time, I have worked hard to grow my skills and become a valuable team member and I have seen myself become better and better. To be honest, I am proud of my achievements this far.The journey hasn’t been easy, but it is worth it.
Last month, my boss called me into his office and commended me for the good work that I have been doing. He then went on to tell me that he had decided to promote me. I was so excited because the promotion came with a salary increase and other benefits like travel and car allowances.
However, he requested me not to disclose it to anyone and then, there was no official document or communication showing that I had been promoted. To be completely honest with you, I was too excited to mind. All I could think of was how my hard work had finally paid off.
Recently, I went out with my friends and when I told them about the promotion, they were all happy for me. When I told them of the request that my boss had made, they all said that it was suspicious and that I shouldn’t have accepted. Their arguments made a lot of sense and I felt like I had been too hasty in accepting the boss’s terms.
It has now been a week on my new promotion and none of my colleagues know about it. My employer still insists that it should be a secret and it is starting to frustrate me. How do I handle this situation? Should I just forget about my issues and focus on the promotion? Please advise me because I am starting to get really stressed.
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Sera is a Communication Officer at Career Point Kenya. If you have any career related queries, firstname.lastname@example.org