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3.
A 4chan meme which started on /v/. Since /v/ is ostensibly a work-safe board, people assume it's completely safe to browse the board at work (hence the name). One day, someone posted a NSFW image, and one person posted "My boss walked by when I had the image open at work, and I got fired." Someone responded "I got promoted," implying he was promoted to replace the first guy. Soon after, when someone posted another work-unsafe image, one person responded "PROMOTIONS!"

People unfamiliar with the phrase's origins believed it to be wholly ironic, and thought it was so hilarious they repeated it whenever work-unsafe material finds its way onto the board, and then it became a true meme.

It should NOT be assumed that bosses like to see their workers watch porn at work.
Anonymous 1: *Posts porn on a work-safe board*
Anonymous 2: "PROMOTIONS!"
by tsochar May 05, 2009
 
1.
An increase in pay, title, and responsibility for an employee within a company that should be based on his hard work - but occasionally is based on nepotism, office politics, or sycophantic behavior while on the job.
No one seemed surprised by Joey's promotion at work, as he is the boss' son.
by Loxi July 22, 2009
 
2.
What results when pornography is posted somewhere, often a message board, that is purportedly worksafe (e.g., The New York Times homepage).

Many might think that the appearance of such material on a workplace monitor would lead to firings or at least a stern talking-to. But in one of life's little mysteries, 4chan's /v/ discovered that most employees are actually promoted instead, perhaps in approval for their viewing such interesting internet content.
Poster One: I know this is a tech website, but I had to share these great photos of Jenna Jameson.
Poster Two: I just got promoted!

Naked shops of Jessica Alba in my work inbox? PROMOTIONS
by T_Andrews October 12, 2007
 
4.
The purported result of viewing NSFW on a (supposedly) worksafe message/imageboard.

Originates from the /v/ board of 4chan, where it was a common joke to post that you just got fired because your boss caught you looking at NSFW material. Was later changed to "promotions", probably because the irony/absurdity of it made it funnier.
(porn or gore is posted)
Poster 1: "PROMOTIONS!"
Poster 2: "I JUST MADE CEO!"
by Kanjite Knight April 20, 2009