More than half of HR managers have seen someone demoted: Survey

Poor performance, voluntary demotion most common reasons
||Last Updated: 08/13/2018
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In terms of gender, 11 per cent of male professionals were demoted versus eight per cent of women. Shutterstock

More than half of HR managers (58 per cent) have seen someone at their company demoted, most often for poor performance and voluntary demotion, according to two surveys by OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company.

In terms of gender, 11 per cent of male professionals were demoted versus eight per cent of women. Employees ages 35 to 54 (10 per cent) were downgraded positions more often than those ages 18-34 (nine per cent) and 55 and older (seven per cent), found the surveys of more than 300 HR managers at Canadian workplaces.

When asked why someone was demoted, HR managers cited poor performance (52 per cent), voluntary demotion (20 per cent), organizational restructuring or a position is eliminated (16 per cent) or the employee was recently promoted but is not doing well in the new role (11 per cent).

Additional findings:

  • HR managers at companies with 1,000 or more employees were most likely to have seen a worker demoted (83 per cent).
  • While 52 per cent of professionals who were downgraded positions tried to handle the news as gracefully as possible, 40 per cent got upset and lost interest in work, and 18 per cent quit.
  • Male employees (23 per cent) and those ages 18 to 34 (28 per cent) most often resigned in response to being demoted.

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Demotion - Dave McLaughlin18/14/2018 6:27:28 PMI have seen individuals demoted or even fired from management positions mainly for performance or incompetency. As an HR manager, I feel this due to lack of training or preparation for a management position. I most cases, we set people up to fail.
I served almost 30 years in the military and retired as a Warrenton officer. With each new rank you were promoted to, you were only acting in that rank until you completed special courses including leadership courses and management.
If you didn't pass the courses, you went back to your old position until you were ready to assume your new responsibly
I think organizations should take a page out of the military's book. Fewer people will be put into positions that they are not ready for.