Organizational structures are set up like this as well.
Pawns: Can only move forward, one step at a time.
Pawns at work: Anyone who is highly monitored, and highly controlled – the most easily expendable.
Rooks: Can move forward and sideways only.
Rooks at work: Accounting, Human Resources
Knights: Can move in any direction as long it’s an L shape.
Knights at work: Sales
Bishops: Can only move diagonally.
Bishops at work: Marketing, sometimes HR
Queen: Can move any way they want to.
Queens at work: Vice-Presidents, Department heads – remember they can move any way they want, but they must always protect – do the wishes of the king.
King: Can move in any direction, but (except in rare exceptions) only one step at a time.
Kings at work: Presidents
Do you feel like you, yourself are a pawn at work? Or have you ever been in a position where you started off as a Rook or a different piece and ended up as a Pawn? Have your freedoms been curtailed so now you are only allowed to move step by excruciating step like a Pawn does? Do you feel like you are perceived as easily sacrificed even though you know you have more to offer than you are being allowed to?
I do not see any direct way to move from Pawn to anything else. But does the game end here? It might. The pawn can be sacrificed at any time. Or conversely, you might decide to sacrifice yourself in favor of a job that treats you with more dignity. However, remember, if a pawn reaches the end of the board, it can turn into any other piece.
To be realistic, in company politics, the likelihood of a Pawn turning into King or Queen is rare enough to be unlikely. If you are in this situation, decide to become a Bishop – not in the narrow job postings I put above, but in action. Sometimes it’s better to move in an unexpected diagonal than in a straight line.
If you’re a Pawn in your own job, consider your options. Think diagonally. You are worth better treatment.