If you’re up for that promotion, some recent research suggests you better be “in” with the boss.

Favoritism – not job performance or measurable outcomes – determines who gets promoted, according to the study. In fact, the boss usually has a preferred candidate from the very beginning.

Our workplace and career expert Brandon Smith explained why this happens, and how you can turn it to your advantage.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at theworkplacetherapist.com. And while you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.

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