Great point, Gemma. Yes, it’s also problematic to create a job environment where tenure is rewarded above competence and performance. For example, many bureaucratic jobs in the U.S. operate in the same way: promotions go to the highest-tenured employees without adequate consideration to performance.

It’s best to fight for the middleground: some promotions given to internal applicants (even though we’ve witnessed their weaknesses already) and some promotions given to outside hires that bring in valuable new skills and perspectives.

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