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How to respond to the situation when your subordinate is promoted to your level but you are not?
How to respond to the situation when your subordinate is promoted to your level but you are not? You discussed with your boss, he/she starts giving excuses.
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I am young enough to have never had a manager older than me, old enough to know it will probably happen soon. You probably should be thankful they were only brought to your level and not made your boss.

That being said, finding out the reason why you weren't promoted could be helpful, but it sounds the boss is not opening up about the reasons why. That is when self-reflection comes into play. Look at your work honestly. Was it worthy of a promotion? Look at where you could be promoted to, were there any openings to even move you up to?

Now your work could be perfect, exceptional even, and the openings could have been present. You may even be a victim of your own success. You do good work, especially if you don't make it known you want to move up, they probably don't want to move you. If that is the case, you may be in a tricky situation. You can't threaten to quit if you aren't willing to follow through, and you may not want to threaten to quit and get the promotion that way because it could be a hit to your coworker's respect. I don't have any advice for you there - the last time I faced a similar situation of a promotion that failed to materialize (Promised it, 9 months later it still wasn't given to me) I ended up quitting over it.

Not everyone gets promoted at the same time or rate as someone else. If you feel the need to respond to that situation, you will be responding all day on similar matters. If however, you feel that you are being overlooked compared to other colleagues you feel are not as qualified as you, then you should ask your manager specifically why that is the case. You said your boss is giving excuses? That sounds like they have an issue with you, because why wouldn't they just tell you straight if another colleague was better suited to the promotion than you, assuming they felt that way.

In addition to starting a dialogue with my supervisor, I would keep doing what I did to develop subordinates to handle added responsibilities. Sooner of later, my supervisor and other managers will see the contribution for the organization. I would certainly update my Resume to reflect the accomplishment by staff I managed and trained.

Most organizations do not have the ability to promote personnel unless there is a vacant position or a position with a defined progression. But there may be alternatives to promotion that can be used for acknowledging performance and retaining talent including spot bonus, added vacation time, company paid training program, and company paid attendance at seminars and conventions.

How do you want to respond? Your subordinate's promotion didn't impact your position or salary, so you aren't forced to do anything at all. As I see it, you have the following basic options:
1. Negotiate a promotion
2. Negotiate some form of compensation in lieu of a promotion
3. Start looking for a position at a new company
4. Remain at your current company and continue working as before

We used to think of promotion is an award for a series of achievement. As Eric Simms mentioned you could find another type of award such as promotion, salary. Also, taking a new responsibility of new position is not for someone not ready regarding skills, experience and willingness. However, your achievement should be recognized and awarded.

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