Not too long ago, business owners were experiencing the impact of The Great Resignation, a time when employees were abandoning their jobs in droves in exchange for new opportunities they felt better suited their lives.
For those still working in a traditional setting, another phenomenon has set in: Quiet Quitting.
What is a Quiet Quitter?
Chances are, you know what a Quiet Quitter is; you just didn’t know there was a term for it. A Quiet Quitter is someone who only meets the minimum requirements for their job and doesn’t go above and beyond. They make no discretionary effort, and usually “phone it in.”
According to a survey from ResumeBuilder.com, 21% of American workers are doing the bare minimum, and 5% say they do less than they’re being paid for.
This isn’t a new problem, however. According to Allyn Bailey of SmartRecruiters, there have always been workers who didn’t perform to their full potential. According to Bailey, “What’s really happening, and what HR executives need to assess, is their employee population really redefining what the psychological contract is between companies and employees.” She goes on to say that employees are no longer accepting the idea that to be successful, you have to always be available and always be “on.” These people reject the idea that their job has to be the focal point for the rest of their life. They deny requests to go above and beyond what they believe someone in their position should have to do.
How Do You Know If Someone Is A Quiet Quitter?
When you’re trying to identify a Quiet Quitter, age seems to be a factor. In the same study by ResumeBuilder.com, those in the middle of their careers, from ages 35-44, are the most likely to be burned out, and therefore Quiet Quitters. It seems adults start strong when they enter the workforce, get burned out, but then can be motivated to work harder as they age.
Forbes identified six signs that someone might be a Quiet Quitter. They are:
What Steps Can You Take To Motivate A Quiet Quitter?
To rectify the situation, you may need to look within. According to those surveyed by ResumeBuilder.com, 80% of people guilty of Quiet Quitting say they’re simply burned out. There is good news, though. 90% of those who consider themselves Quiet Quitters say they can be persuaded to work to their full potential!
According to HR Morning, here’s how to stop Quiet Quitting in its tracks.
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