Has anyone ever heard of the Peter Principle? As a woman over 50, I know that age discrimination is alive and well but I've never heard of this phrase. This principle means that every position in a given hierarchy will eventually be filled by employees who are incompetent to fulfill the job duties of their respective positions. What I have found is that employees with more experience get the short end of the stick. Between startups and technology, many older and more experienced workers are now looked at differently. Though I opted to leave a management position 4 years ago so that I could gain more experience in a specific area, the job scape changed, especially when it comes to experience. And the one thing I find consistent among most younger employees in leadership positions is lack of experience, leadership and professionalism. It's not unusual for someone who is 26 to be at a director level. I question that employer's decision.
This was not the work environment I was surrounded by. In my world, you worked really hard to get a promotion. When you received it, you were ready. Your employer made sure you were prepared for the next step to management, training included. Nothing is worse than reporting into someone who has no qualifications to manage and support a team, let alone build a team.
What is a possible solution posed by this principle? Companies need to provide adequate skill training for employees receiving a promotion, and ensure the training is appropriate for the position to which they have been promoted.