MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- How common are demotions at work? According to new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam, nearly half of HR managers (46 percent) have seen someone at their company moved down a rung on the career ladder. Professionals were most commonly demoted for poor performance (39 percent) and not succeeding in a new job after being promoted (38 percent).
A separate survey found that more than one in 10 workers (14 percent) have been asked to take on a lower role. In terms of gender, 19 percent of male professionals were demoted versus 7 percent of women. Employees ages 18 to 34 (22 percent) were downgraded positions more often than those ages 35 to 54 (10 percent) and 55 or older (3 percent).
HR managers were asked, "Has an employee ever been demoted at your company?" Their responses:
HR managers who said an employee has been demoted were also asked, "What was the reason for the demotion?" Their responses:
Employee was recently promoted but not succeeding in new role
Organizational restructuring/position eliminated
*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.
"A demotion may happen for a variety of reasons, including performance issues, organizational changes, and an employee requesting fewer responsibilities due to personal or career priorities," said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. "It's never easy to accept a lower role, but workers can show their professionalism and bounce back by keeping their emotions in check, understanding the root cause and performing at a high level to position themselves for future advancement."
OfficeTeam offers three tips for workers when dealing with an involuntary demotion:
About the Research
The surveys were developed by OfficeTeam and conducted by independent research firms. They include responses from more than 300 HR managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees and more than 1,000 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments.
OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, is the nation's leading staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support professionals. The company has more than 300 locations worldwide. For additional information, visit roberthalf.com/officeteam. Follow roberthalf.com/officeteam/blog for career and management advice.
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