Meta Description: Have you heard about the career plateau? Are you looking for ways to overcome the stagnancy in your job? Here are few tips for you.

Content: If you have worked in the corporate sector, the quest for reward and promotion must not be something new for you. Anyone who has spent some time in the corporate world understands the not so fair distribution of these perks and benefits to various levels of employees. People are expected to work hard and long for these promotions and jump to better employment appointments and opportunities. However, working crazily for extended hours does not necessarily guarantee an upward promotion. There are several criteria and parameters that need to be gauged before a person is handed over his or her lawfully deserved promotion. Simply meeting deadlines and standing out is not enough. There is much more to it.

But looking from the point of an employee, we are all human and simple appreciation and success is not enough for our satisfaction. For encouragement and motivation, we need more than just doing good at our work. Reward and promotion are two of the most important job satisfaction and motivational agents in the corporate world. A promotion can mean a rise in the title, enhancement of salary or increase in the benefits associated with your job.

But if we fail to meet the criteria or standards for promotion, we might face something known as the career plateau. If you are not familiar with this HR issue then a simple definition is given below:

A point in the person’s professional life where is career reaches a stagnating position is called a career plateau. It is a level of job appointment where the further vertical progression of the title is less likely. In most cases, career plateau not just makes promotion difficult but the job also becomes boring, stagnating and there is a lot of repetition of tasks.

As a consequence of this career plateau, the employee loses that needed excitement and motivation required for optimal performance and goal achievement. It is a point where work becomes dull and there is not much that you look forward to in future.

So is there anything that can be done to overcome this career plateau? Or should we leave it like this and consider it as inevitable? The answer is yes, we can do a something about it and leaving it as it is can be more harmful than you actually think.



Below are few tips that can be adopted to deal with career plateau:

Search for new opportunities:

It is time to think out the box. Do not sit there and accept the career plateau as destiny. Use it as a driving force towards change. Start looking for new opportunities out of your organization. You can also look out for opportunities in different departments and functions. Apply for new job openings and make a move forward and sideways.

Talk with your senior manager:

Discussing your options and identifying the reasons of career plateau is always beneficial. It helps to highlight any deficiencies that you might have in achieving a further promotion and enables overcoming these weaknesses to come out of the career plateau. The HR or senior managers assist you to see a way forward by pointing out towards the barriers and obstacles in your career path. They may even help you chalk out a plan to overcome the career plateau.


We often hear about diversification in business or about not putting all your eggs in one basket. Well, the same can be true for a person who has hit a career plateau. He needs to look around himself and get access to other memberships in clubs, groups, and community. Diversify into something that interests you and becomes a leader in that work outside the job. It does not matter whether they are paid or unpaid, as long as they are entertaining and fulfilling for you, they are worth the effort.

Become a mentor:

When we start a career, we are at a learning stage. We are excited and motivated to move ahead and learn new things as we go forward. But as we hit the career plateau, we realize that there is not much new left in a particular job to learn. It is this point where you can become a mentor for the newcomers. Teach them the skill of the job and get satisfaction from being a teacher. You can also opt for active teaching jobs in universities, schools, and technical institutions, depending on your own expertise in the field. This way you will not only diversify but also feel more excited in your own field of knowledge.