I am leading a team of 7 in which 6 are men and one a woman. Finance and upper management teams have approved 1 promotion in my team. It is a difficult task to pick 1 out of 3 long-timers plus hardworking men out of the 7. But, there comes a shock. Management decided to promote only female employees across org because there is a huge shortage in woman count in technical departments.
long story: I am a sino-tibetan living in another country. I used to talk about animism and ethics during my leisure time with my colleagues. Don't take me wrong. It is very natural to talk about cultures in this most diverse country unlike west. I work in this org for last 5 years. I cannot see my team members if I promote a average employee who joined after pandemic. Because, people who joined after pandemic are less productive than the oldtimers for some known valid reasons. The upper management is not willing to hear my voice as most of them are already female themselves. Already with so many women-only walk-in drives and referral programs over years, the org's upper layer is full of females. Men are invited only for technical jobs.
I also started job hunting because i don't want to see my team members next month. Being a non technical person it is naturally little difficult to find a equally paying job.
Should I just bite the bullet and go along with the upper management?