14 percent have been downgraded

nathan-dumlao-263787-unsplash-938288-editedForty-six percent of HR managers say an employee at their organization has been asked to accept a lower role, according to a survey from OfficeTeam — most often due to poor performance.

Not succeeding in a new job after being promoted is the second most common reason for being demoted at work, followed by organizational restructuring or a position being eliminated.

Another OfficeTeam survey found more than one in 10 employees have been demoted at work. Employees age 18 to 34 are asked to take a lower position more often than workers who are 35 or older. Being demoted is most common at companies with 500 to 999 or 1,000 or more employees.

Workers had varied reactions to being downgraded. Fifty-two percent quit; 47 percent became upset and lost interest in their job.

For more on how employers and employees handle demotions, view this information about the survey findings.

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