There’s a new workplace buzzword popping up in the news that you may have already heard by now: quiet quitting. If you own or manage a workplace organization, you’re going to want to keep reading about this new phenomenon.
Learn more about quiet quitting from the experts at Prescott HR.
What is quiet quitting?
An important thing to understand about the term “quiet quitting” is that it’s not a literal term. Rather than assume quiet quitting is when an employee decides to leave their job abruptly and without much fuss, there is actually a deeper meaning behind it.
Quiet quitting is when an employee performs all of their regular work but refuses to engage with the “hustle culture” of many workplace organizations by not engaging in work behavior that goes above and beyond their job description.
What are the signs of quiet quitting?
If you run an organization, you may have noticed some behavior shifts over recent years with your employees. Here are several signs of quiet quitting that your team may be performing:
- Not engaging in or attending team meetings
- Reducing contribution to team projects
- Lack of passion or enthusiasm for their role
- Arriving late to work or leaving early
- Displaying a negative attitude at work or during team functions
Why are employees quiet quitting?
Quiet quitting is far from a new phenomenon. Many employees have been engaging in this behavior for years, as it is not technically required for a team member to go above and beyond in their role to perform their work well.
So why is quiet quitting coming up in the news recently? The COVID-19 pandemic changed many things in the workplace, including team members’ comfort with voicing how they are feeling in their roles.
The rise in quiet quitting could be due to a lack of growth opportunities in your organization, unmanageable workload, low pay, or overall employee burnout. The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed employees to evaluate the overall satisfaction of their careers, which has led many to seek more work-life balance. Quiet quitting can help facilitate that balance.
Why is quiet quitting problematic for employers?
While we are all required to perform our work roles within our designated job descriptions, many companies often rely on employees who are willing to step up and take on extra tasks outside of their usual roles. When an entire workforce starts engaging in quiet quitting, this can disrupt the usual flow of your organization’s business.
Plus, quiet quitting can lead to lower team morale within your organization, which can lead to hiring or employee retention issues.
Work with Prescott HR
Is your organization experiencing team members who are quietly quitting? We are here to help! Prescott HR offers a wide range of services that can help your organization evaluate issues that may be contributing to a lack of engagement amongst your employees, including burnout or lack of growth opportunities.
Our unintimated HR practices allow us to be focused and effective, providing your business with exactly what you need. Give us a call today at 443-351-8818 or contact us online.