Demoted at Work

By Cynthia Kong on August 9, 2018 at 8:17am


46% of companies have demoted an employee, according to HR managers.

The reason for the demotion?

39% Poor performance
38% Employee was recently promoted but not succeeding in new role
16% Organizational restructuring/position eliminated
6% Voluntary demotion

(Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.)

More than 1 in 10 workers (14%) have been demoted.

What did they do in response?

52% Quit the job
50% Tried to handle the news as gracefully as possible
47% Got upset and lost interest in work
41% Focused on excelling in the new position

(Respondents who said they have been demoted. Multiple responses allowed.)

Source: OfficeTeam surveys of more than 300 HR managers and more than 1,000 workers in the United States

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