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A lot of us associate what we do for a living with our self worth, so getting demoted might be one of the biggest blows our egos can handle. It might even be worse than actually losing your job, because you’ll have to face your coworkers knowing that they’re fully aware of your downfall.
Most of us will never experience a demotion as public as Ann Curry’s on NBC’s “Today” show last week, but, nonetheless, the experience will still be difficult to handle.
It may even be confusing if the demotion wasn’t the result of your lack of performance, but because the company needed to cut back.
So, how do you handle the situation as gracefully as possible?
Michael Crom, a VP at Dale Carnegie Training — a firm that teaches corporate training — tells Leslie Kwoh at The WSJ that it’s important to not let your emotions get the best out of you.
“Don’t criticise, condemn or complain. Resist all of it. When companies demote someone, they’re already worried about how that individual is going to act in the future,” he advises.
Career coach Eileen Wolkstein tells Susan Adams at Forbes that you may feel angry, but it’s best to keep a clear head because “the alternatives [might be] bleaker.”
Wolkstein says you should use this time to excel in your new position and prove that you’re an indispensable member of the team and that the company made a big mistake.
After some time, if you’ve determined that you’re completely incapable of being happy or satisfied in your new position, it might be time to start looking for other opportunities, but do this while you’re still employed if possible, because recruiters and hiring managers prefer not to hire people who are unemployed.
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