Online Interview

On 'Locked at the job' and the role of the direct supervisor

Strategic organizational advice and management training with a special focus on the employee

The People Society is a strategic organizational consulting firm in the areas of leadership, job mobility and sustainable employability, with scientific research as its foundation. With a strong focus to advise and train senior management, but with a listening ear for individual employees in need of personal advice.

This consultancy firm distinguishes itself from others by focusing its advice and management training on how to deal with employees who have the experience of being locked at their jobs.

Within The People Society, attention is paid to employees who actually feel dissatisfied and do not take steps. This enables these employees to get involved in the work process, be empowered and be productive for your company again.

What you pay attention to will grow!

"If anyone knows what I'm talking about using the knowledge of science to find answers and solutions for practice, it's Merel. I think The People Society really exemplifies that!

It is great that she uses the knowledge from her dissertation to make a difference for organizations. To help them move forward and tackle societal challenges with evidence-based answers and solutions. Love it! ..."

Fanny Kuijper - Neuropsychologist & Guest lecturer - Máxima Medical Center

"A sailing proverb goes: No wind blows favorably to him who does not know which harbor he will reach, but that certainly does not apply to Merel, she knows exactly which harbor she wants to go to. I admire Merel's perseverance and ambition, by pursuing a PhD externally, wanting to introduce a new concept to the literature, doing qualitative and quantitative research and collecting data independently. Like everything she does, she also tackled our meetings thoroughly. She was always extremely well prepared. Furthermore, Merel is a huge perfectionist and super creative, as demonstrated by the layout of her dissertation and the so-called Layman's Talk provided with self-created illustrations. ...."

Prof. Dr. Dorien Kooij - Professor, Department of Human Resources Studies - Tilburg University

"Being locked at your job..... It is still a largely hidden phenomenon, but it affects a significant number of individuals, according to research. This hidden problem has been made visible by Merel.

Meanwhile, Merel and her organization The People Society relentlessly draw attention to it during lectures, company visits, in the media, and through her podcast. As her PhD research shows, being locked at your job has all kinds of negative consequences, such as deception and frustration, lower performance, but also in some cases it even leads to burnout. ..."

Simône Verlaan - Career Coach - Weg naar Succes

"I got to know Merel as a very skilled and reliable colleague. I experienced our working relationship as very pleasant. She is professional, takes responsibility and initiative. For example, she organized and conducted an online workshop for the Knowledge Circle during Corona as moderator. She is professionally strong and an equal discussion partner for organizations from the field, but was also a committed supervisor for our students. ...."

Ied ter Laan - Team lead Business Administration program - University of Applied Science Amsterdam

"With Merel I had the opportunity to organize an expert seminar for POSG and from A to Z it went smoothly and pleasantly. She has good theoretical knowledge, but also knows how to translate this into practice. This made it an interesting afternoon. It is very pleasant to work with Merel. She says what she does and does what she says! She thinks along and is open to feedback. I can recommend working with Merel! ..."

Jolanda Roest - Senior Advisor Mobility - POSG

"Merel gave a talk to our team about her research on locked at the job. As a team we are working on the sustainable employability of military personnel, which makes Merel's topic very relevant. She enthusiastically gave a talk, the content of which was clear and inspiring. Afterwards, we entered into a conversation together about what role being locked at the job plays within the Department of Defense, and what we could possibly change about this. This was a great discussion, with concrete pointers. After the lecture we received from Merel the 'Stay on Track Check', with questions that help to start the conversation about this important topic with employees. ..."

dr. Rebecca Bogaers - Core expert on mental strength, Sustainable Healthy Employability - Ministry of Defense.

"Merel is not only an expert in her field, but also a lovely professional to work with. For the members of the Dutch Work Happiness Network she gave a talk on the results of her PhD research. In consultation we adjusted the format to what would work in this seminar: not only knowledge transfer but also space for interaction and discussion of how to apply this knowledge. The knowledge but also the way of working and the way Merel was able to connect her insights to our theme - happiness at work - means that even months later members still refer back to what they learned there. Valuable! ..."

Nancy Peeters - Owner - Netwerk Werkgeluk

NEW! Training: Managing sustainable employable employees

An evidence-based training for managers in the field of labor mobility, sustainable employability and leadership. With this training you really make a difference.

Expert session & Masterclass

To share my knowledge in the field of job mobility and in particular about people who are locked at the job, I am available for expert sessions and masterclasses.

Tailored advice - a prevention program

Every organization is unique, but every organization has employees who (for various reasons) are locked at the job. To really make a difference with your organization and deal in a positive way with people who are locked at the job, you can contact me for a tailored prevention program.

After all, every organization is unique.

'Stay on track'® Check

Because no one should stay in an undesired job situation, I also give individuals advice in addition to organizational advice.

Are you still on track with your career?

Locked at the job

"It probably sounds familiar to you, employees who stay in their undesired job while being dissatisfied. They constantly complain about things that are not going well within your organization, but at the same time they do not take sufficient steps to actually take concrete action to change the situation. For example, because their financial situation might get unstable after leaving or they believe that their job profile is not suitable for other desired employment. In short, they are 'locked at the job'."

dr. Merel @ The People Society

As an organizational psychologist, I have specialized in the field of job mobility, leadership and sustainable employability. In particular to a phenomenon I describe as being locked at the job. 


For more information about a possible collaboration in the form of a talk, training, quick scan and/or consultancy, please feel free to contact me:

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