Over the last few weeks, quiet quitting has created a buzz on the internet. It is not about quitting the job silently but quitting the idea of going above and beyond the job requirements. According to the Gallup report, there are 85% of quiet quitters worldwide. Employers cannot take quiet quitting lightly, as it can impact their company’s productivity, ROI, and employee turnover. So let’s discuss some of the important ways to combat quiet quitting.
What Is Quiet Quitting?
Quiet quitting happens when employees do the least minimum work at their workplace to survive. They are not interested in their development, promotions, and neither for increments.
According to Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO at Thrive, “Quiet quitting doesn’t mean just quitting a job, but it’s more like quitting all ambitions in life”. It also entails fulfilling only the responsibilities drafted in their everyday task list and not going beyond that despite having the time, and solely engaging in work-related activities during working hours.
What Is the Reason for Quiet Quitting?
According to Tanaya Mishra, Global CHRO, Strides Pharma, many governed or strictly regulated organisational cultures actually promote monotony, which bores the employees and leads them to developing a silent-quitting attitude. Other than this the pandemic has been a great influence on this trend.
The pandemic has changed the work style and culture by introducing several challenges, including accommodating to a new style of work, new ways of communication, change in working hours, etc., and undoubtedly, remote working has brought this new quiet quitting trend in various ways.
- The increased number of working hours resulted in increased levels of stress/exhaustion.
- Employees who have shown distinct levels of productivity for years remain unnoticed, allowing them to slack off.
- The perks of remote working, including digital meetings, Fridays off, and flexible working hours have made employees unwilling to go back to the office, thus showing disengagement in work.
- The pandemic-related challenges have also led to discontentment among employees who believe their employers have little concern about their welfare.
How Does Quiet Quitting Impact Companies?
Gallup’s state of the workplace global report reveals that quiet quitting has significantly impacted the global economy by causing a $7.8 trillion loss in productivity. This economic decline has made employers worried about decreased productivity levels. The extent of low productivity and the rise in the population of quiet quitters is well cited by HRKatha, where according to the data collected by Resume Builder, about 25% of all employees, across generations, are simply doing a bare minimum job at their workplace.
Considering this decline in productivity, companies like Google signal that redundancies are near. However, redundancies are dangerous to both employers and workers, as the cost to lay off one employee could be equivalent to 200% of their salary.
What Is the Impact of Quiet Quitting on Employees?
- They Show Low Engagement
Quiet quitters are not highly engaged. Research shows that engaged employees are 18% more productive and 24% more profitable. Also, the employee turnover rates of low-engaged teams are 18-43% more than highly-engaged teams. This could be a cause of concern, as it is time-consuming and expensive to hire and train new employees.
- Impact Employees Morale
Employees with low morale can take frequent sick leaves, show sub-standard outputs, and decrease productivity. This kind of culture can also spread to other employees of your company.
- Low Productivity Signals Burnout
Burnout is physical and mental exhaustion caused due to chronic stress, tiredness, etc. If your employees feel burnout, they cannot perform well, resulting in a decline in business. So invest in programs/activities that may help employees overcome stress.
Tips for Managers to Manage Quiet Quitting
Cut Down Weekend Work
Don’t assign your employees weekend work unless it is extremely urgent or part of their work schedule. This will create dissatisfaction among them as they won’t have free time for other activities.
Don’t Use Too Many Collaboration Tools
Just implementing one or two collaboration tools for employee-to-employee communication or meetings is enough. Having too many may distract your employees from work. It may create confusion among them.
Stop Sunday Emails
It is quite usual to send emails to your team on Sundays, but it may evoke discontentment, anxiety, and stress. So instead do it on the next working day.
Allot Time for Workplace Fun Activities
Happy hours and meditation classes are good to help your employees overcome stress, but ensure to allot time for them. Otherwise, your employees may do them anytime they wish.
Reduce the Number of Meetings and Their Length
Schedule meetings only for purposeful, necessary reasons and ensure they won’t last more than 30 minutes. Also, too many meetings can overwhelm them.
Set Realistic Goals
Consider your employees’ potential and quality of work and set goals accordingly. Don’t impose such work, which they cannot finish on time with efficiency.
Appreciate Your Employees
Don’t fail to appreciate your employees’ good work, as it will motivate them to always do better and improve themselves.
Offer Bonuses and Increments
These will help employees think they are rewarded for their good work, so they will continue doing that. This will also boost their morale.
How the Future Workplace Will Look?
While we may not know what tomorrow will bring, we must stay prepared to meet the evolving changes in terms of workers and working style, financial rewards, productivity levels, etc. Keep checking on your employees concerning their health and wellness, and whether they are happy and satisfied with their work. Make efforts to keep them comfortable and educate them on the consequences of quiet quitting.
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Amit Prasad is the founder and managing director of SatNav Technologies and has business interests in a wide range of IT products. SatNav Technologies is an IT products company focusing on cloud based map data products and a pioneer in GPS, FMS & LBS Technologies. The product suite includes SatTracx in-the-field location based solutions and A-mantra in-the-office facilities management solutions. QuickFMS from a-mantra is a cloud based facility management system which enhances organization’s efficiency.