Vertical Promotion

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Vertical Promotion

A promotion to a position of greater managerial authority (and therefore more compensation). For example, the vice president for operations may receive a vertical promotion to company president. See also: Horizontal Promotion.
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"Employees are also being given major vertical promotions despite not being compliant with regulations set-up by parliament, while some who have been handed disciplinary punishments were promoted (within a year)."
Instead of promoting and supporting lateral transfers as a valuable career move and a viable alternative to traditional vertical promotions, for example, companies continue to overemphasize the "onward and upward" trajectory, which results in the creation of more organizational layers.