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Demotions actually improve job satisfaction. Here’s proof

Advertising agency Solve have demoted all of their employees to show that, regardless of age or experience, there’s always room to grow. They’ve invited you to join them on the Internity program.

Job satisfaction continues to plummet, as the rising cost of living is barely covered by our falling wages.

Although, it seems that money isn’t the only thing on our minds. 41% of employees are satisfied with their wage. Yet, 25% admit that they are unhappy in their current job due to a lack of opportunity to grow and develop.

We’re all looking to take our career to the next stage. However, that might not be the answer to our problems after all.

Sometimes you have to take one step back to take two steps forward. That is the opinion of advertising agency Solve, anyway.

As a result, the creative company has made the decision to demote all of their employees. Everyone from the CEO down to the junior designers will spend the summer as interns, as the company aims to show that learning has no age limit.

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Source: Solve

What is Solve’s Internity program?

Rather than recruiting a new wave of undergrads to open the mail and boil the kettle, Solve has decided to take all of their staff back to basics.

Five non-employees will join Solve’s roster of staff, as they embark on the Internity program. In their new role, Solve staff will spend over one month learning from a number of influential teachers.

Rather than bringing in speakers from the marketing industry, Solve have asked musician Adam Levy, restaurateur Brenda Langton, yoga expert Ben Vincent and venture capitalist Matt Otterstatter.

The teachers will guide them through a number of sessions, in attempt to stimulate their creative minds. Even Solve’s marketing gurus are bound to learn something new.

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Does demotion lead to higher job satisfaction?

Not exactly. An unexpected demotion wouldn’t please the vast majority of workers. Yet, we are always looking for ways to expand our knowledge and grow in the workplace.

While opportunities to learn are frequent in junior or internship positions, this decreases the further up the corporate ladder you climb.

Employee turnover is at an all-time high and a lack of development and career progression is one of the biggest concerns among workers. Given that it costs an employer an average of $15,000 to £25,000 to replace a member of staff, paying out for staff training would likely save employers money in the long run.

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Source: Solve

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