There’s a pretty good chance that if you’ve heard of the phrase “quiet quitting,” you heard about it on social media. On Twitter, TikTok, and all other social media platforms more and more workers are discussing the concept of quiet quitting.
The COVID-19 pandemic appears to be the reason for the widespread conversation about quiet quitting. Our post-pandemic life in the workforce is very different in many ways, and just one of those ways is that more people are questioning their career choice and creating firmer boundaries between life and work.
In this article, we will tell you exactly what quiet quitting is, and how you can take steps to make sure it doesn’t affect your business.
What is “Quiet Quitting”?
Quiet quitting isn’t quitting at all in the sense we think of it. Instead, it means that an employee is keeping their job but not doing the job in the way they may have before. Instead, employees are quiet quitting if they are doing the bare minimum to get the job done but nothing above and beyond.
This means they don’t work any hours outside of their job’s obligation or check emails after work hours. They are fulfilling their job duties, yes. But they are no longer buying into the “hustle culture” that has developed in recent decades. Instead, they do what they must according to their job description and go home leaving work behind them.
Why Are People Quiet Quitting?
The term may be new or unfamiliar to you, but the act of quiet quitting is anything but new. For years, employees have pulled away from their jobs for a variety of reasons.
One major reason employees pull away and seek other positions is burnout. Unfortunately, while burnout has always been a risk in the workplace, post-COVID-19 life makes that risk even higher. With additional stressors on the job and at home, the American Psychological Association reported that 79% of adult workers reported feeling stress at work in the month they conducted the 2021 Work and Well-Being Survey. Additionally, 3 out of 5 of those surveyed reported that stress is negatively impacting their job performance from a lack of interest or motivation (26%) to a lack of effort in their work (19%).
How Can You Tell Someone is Quiet Quitting?
Quiet quitting doesn’t look the same for every employee or every job description. However, some signs that your employees may be struggling and using quiet quitting as a way to cope include:
- Not attending or participating in meetings
- Reduction in productivity
- Not contributing to team projects
- Lack of passion or enthusiasm for their work
In general, you may notice that a once enthusiastic and “above and beyond” employee is simply putting in enough effort to not get fired and then racing for the door at 5 pm.
What You Can Do to Help Employees
Helping your employees who are experiencing burnout or workplace unhappiness is a mutually beneficial act. Employees find a greater sense of life satisfaction by not being miserable in a place they spend a great deal of their time. Meanwhile, your organization can retain employees, which everyone knows helps your budget and your productivity in the long run.
Some ways you can change how you do business that can help reduce burnout and the quiet quitting phenomenon include:
1. Gather and Listen to Feedback
Make getting and acting on feedback from your employees part of your standard practice. This will be a good way to be in the loop with where employees are struggling or what they are most unhappy with. This will give you the insight needed to make the necessary changes.
2. Create and Maintain Boundaries
Boundaries are important when it comes to maintaining a healthy balance between work and home. Make sure workloads are realistic and can be done within work hours. Ensure boundaries are clear to your employees and let them know that they have your support in maintaining them. Knowing they have an employer who cares about their stress levels creates loyalty.
3. Make Mental Health a Priority
Your employees deserve to have an employer who puts their well-being at the top of the priority list. Create a positive work culture by supporting healthy boundaries and checking in with your employees informally from time to time to see what barriers stand between them and work satisfaction. Also, give your employees resources that help them manage stress and avoid burnout.
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