Employee Plateauing is a situation when an employee reaches limits of promotional potential for current position or job, so his career movement ceases (especially this term refers to employees who have exhausted promotional opportunities long before they retire). Since a managerial hierarchy in the most of organizations is designed to be like a pyramid with a progressively reducing number of career opportunities the closer you are to the pyramid’s top: many employees face a situation when there are no more opportunities for advancement (they reach their career highest level in the current organization) while they are still quite young and full of energy and ambitions.
Employee plateauing can result into serious problems as plateaued employees often feel unclaimed, unchallenged, demotivated, and hence frustrated, depressed and demoralized to move forward. The daily costs of employee plateauing are absenteeism, high turnover, and low productivity that leads to reduced profits of the organization. HR specialists can offer a variety of effective solutions to this issue, including:
- Recognizing the problem and discussing it with plateaued employees;
- Redesigning or restructuring working duties and job of an employee;
- Improving the quality of work life at a specific workplace;
- Diversifying repetitive routine by adding fresh working options and adequate compensation;
- Offering a lateral transfer to an alternate position;