10 Professional Ways To Handle A Job Demotion. Everyone wants to move up the career ladder. Unfortunately due to various reasons one can find themselves demoted. It is definitely not such a great feeling. The following tips will help you deal with this painful situation the best way you can.
1. Get Support
Being demoted is painful. You can feel rejected, unwanted and unappreciated. You may need to seek support from friends, family and/or counselors outside the workplace, in order to share and address your feelings.
2. Remain Calm
When you are informed of the demotion, do your best to keep your immediate emotions in check and not take the news personally. Remember, there are several possible reasons for the demotion. An emotional display or bad attitude will only make things worse before you have had time to make good decisions.
3. Stay Respectful
Although it can be very difficult to hear any negative critiques of your work, being receptive and respectful in your exchange tells them that you care about the company and your standard of work. This can help you in the long run by assuring your continued employment while you make important decisions about your future.
4. Don’t Quit
You might be sad to the extend of looking for another job. Having that in mind, don’t just resign from your job. It’s easier to find a job when you have a job, so keep that in mind as well. Strategically plan your departure, so it’s on your terms.
5. Keep Your Network
Don’t burn bridges by becoming difficult or overly emotional at work. The more pleasant and professional you stay, the more likely it will be that you will have others willing to help you, speak up for you, or give you references should you move on to other job prospects.
6. Ask For Clarification Of The Situation
Speak with your supervisor. Ask for a meeting if they didn’t tell you in person. In the privacy of the meeting you can request more specific information that you may be lacking, such as the reason for, and tangible consequences of, the demotion.
7. Appeal Internally If Possible
Many organizations have an internal mechanism in place for appealing decisions such as firings and demotions. If your company has such an option in place, there are times when this might be the right path for you to consider.
8. Seek Outside Intervention
If internal appeals don’t work or you simply don’t trust the internal process, you can consider the more drastic approach. Although this option can create a hostile situation between you and your employer, you may need the support of a mediator or an employment lawyer to help you in your search for resolution.
9. Appreciate What You Have
This is definitely not the end of the world, or your career. It might not feel like it, but a demotion is better than being fired outright. Let yourself appreciate the fact that you still have a paycheck that will buy you the time to decide how you want to move forward.
10. Learn From The Situation
We often learn better from our mistakes and failures than from our successes. Once you understand what brought about the demotion, if it is anything that is within your power to change, then you can take that knowledge, grow from it, and use it to be more successful in the future.