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ESL Podcast 1176 – Limits to Advancement at Work 2016-01-25
ESL Podcast 1176 – Limits to Advancement at Work
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Tags: Business
Audio Index:
Slow dialog: 1:15
Explanations: 3:28
Fast dialog: 16:41
Gloria: Did you hear that Manuel is quitting? He took a job with another company.

Sam: I’m not surprised. He came up against the glass ceiling and he decided to jump ship.

Gloria: Really? I didn’t know he was bucking for promotion.

Sam: He’s been trying to become a manager for three years, but other people have been promoted over him or they’ve hired from outside the company.

Gloria: I didn’t know that. I was aware of the wage disparities within the company and the gender pay gap within each department, but this is news to me.

Sam: Haven’t you noticed that people who take extended leave to have children or try for some type of work- life balance are passed over for plum assignments, raises, and promotions? There are definite limits to advancement.

Gloria: I thought it was just favoritism on the part of the bosses. Their friends got promoted and other people didn’t.

Sam: That’s certainly true, but that’s only part of the story.

Gloria: Why are we still working for a company with such unfair policies?

Sam: Speak for yourself. I’m giving notice today.


Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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