I was promoted in my job, but the stress and additional responsibilities cause me to not enjoy my job anymore. Can I ask for a demotion? - Seedly
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Asked on 04 Dec 2018

I was promoted in my job, but the stress and additional responsibilities cause me to not enjoy my job anymore. Can I ask for a demotion?

I not too worried about money, but I want to enjoy what I do

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Zach Howe
Zach Howe
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 05 Dec 2018

I was once in a similar situation as you where I asked for a position change to another department (doing a different scope).

While at that new department, things are not working out for me, still I tried to hang in there till the end of the project.. However luckily for me, both me and my former manager did schedule to have a meeting after the end of the project to check and see how things are for me and what is the next proper course of action - to be 'officiallised' in that new role, or to go back to old dept. or something...

And so before the said meeting happens, I did think long and hard of what I really wanted. Truth be told, a part of me is really really very glad that I am able to try out the new role, always thought it is one for me but guess what - I am wrong (perhaps I did not have a good guidance) and another part of me is sad as before moving to the new role - I was pretty much in a state of 'I am not going to do any more of old dept's work, yay'.

In any case, I did go back to my old back but with added responsibilities. Somewhat of a mixed feelings but at least I felt that I am enjoying it a little more, if anything.

Having said that, like others have suggested, do have a chat with your superiors. Hopefully something does works out for you!

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Yixiong Chang
Yixiong Chang
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 04 Dec 2018

I would suggest to give yourself a period of time of at least 6months to a year. I'm sure u would have a different/better perspective by then. Thereafter, if u are still unsatisfied with your work, u have a better reason to discuss with your superior. Asking for a demotion now can be detrimental to your career and probably relationships in workplace. If u are granted the 'demotion', things might not return to as before.

Even if u decide to change Job then, it will be better on your resume to leave as a higher position. This will put u in a better position to find a better job u want.

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Yong Kah Hwee
Yong Kah Hwee
Level 6. Master
Answered on 04 Dec 2018

I would suggest talking to your superiors about this. or maybe ask for a transfer to another team!

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HC Tang
HC Tang, Financial Enthusiast, Budgeting at The Society
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 04 Dec 2018

Talk to your superior, share about your concern and issue. Can always work out something.

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