What is Quiet Quitting?
The phrase “quiet quitting” refers to employees who only put the absolute minimum effort into their job, without any desire to go above and beyond their defined job duties. While this idea is not new, the term “quiet quitting” was first officially used in a TikTok video and has since become a national phenomena. The phrase #quietquitting has been used 311.9 million times online, and the phrase #actyourwage has been used 146.9 million times. A 2022 Gallup poll asserts that more than half the workforce in the USA is made up of “quiet quitters.” As the economic outlook in our country worsens and outright quitting becomes less feasible for many people, this quiet alternative is likely to become increasingly common.
How can managers address the phenomena of “quiet quitting”? There are many ways managers and business leaders can reduce the occurrences of “quiet quitting” in the workplace. One way to do this is to evaluate, and redefine, your job descriptions. Make sure that each employee’s job description lists all responsibilities that are required, as well as those that are considered extra. Another step employers can take is to talk with their employees and really listen to what they say. Having an employee feel vested and valued in the business is a great way to minimize “quiet quitting.” Every manager should take the time to listen to their employees and try to understand their individual employment needs. A third way of minimizing this trend in your business, is to create a corporate culture that fosters employees going “above and beyond” in the areas that are important to them. By allowing each employee to identify their own ways in which to show extra effort, you will create a business culture of support, where each employee feels valued, appreciated, and free to live up to their full potential.