Quiet quitting—employees who put in the bare minimum at their job and only meeting the requirements of their job scope—happens far more often than people think, and it can have devastating effects on the employees themselves, their employers, and their coworkers who continue working hard at their jobs every day. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent quiet quitting in your business or workplace and help the employees who quietly quit to get back on track. Read on to learn more about this dangerous and unfortunate phenomenon and what you can do about it.
People quit because they don't feel valued
Quiet quitting is a sad reality in many workplaces. People often feel like they're not being valued, are working too hard for no credit, or don't have the opportunity to advance. The sad truth is that some of those reasons are valid. Here's how to tell if you're one of them:
- Do you find yourself doing more work than anyone else but never seem to be getting any recognition for it?
They don't see a future with the company
Quiet quitting is usually a symptom of feeling like you don't see a future with the company. You might be stuck in a dead-end job, or feel unappreciated for the work that you're doing. The reason for quiet quitting is often the same as why someone would openly quit - they just don't see anything good happening in their future with the company.
They don't feel like they fit in
There are many reasons why people might feel like they don't fit in at work. Some of these reasons may be as a result of poor communication, lack of understanding, or feeling under-appreciated. If you're having trouble with your coworkers or supervisor, try speaking to them about how you're feeling. This may open up an opportunity for a solution.
Quitting your job is hard, but sometimes the decision is so clear that you know it's time to leave. It's less common for someone to start feeling overwhelmed by their job, or maybe they never felt like they fit in with their company culture. If this sounds like you, it may be worth considering if this is a temporary thing (like being overly stressed because of a difficult project) or something more serious.
What can you do about it?
Work tracking is one of the most important ways to figure out how to better manage your workflow. It allows for an overview of the tasks that need your attention and helps you prioritise them. You can also track where time is being spent so you know if you are spending too much time on a particular task or area. Tracking your work hours means understanding when the best times are to get things done, which could help alleviate some of the stress caused by feeling like there are never enough hours in a day.
It may also help to create a conducive environment where you feel like you’re accomplishing something on a daily basis, giving you dopamine hits throughout the day and helping you stay motivated and hungry for more.
Quiet quitting is when someone doesn’t put in any more than they need to. These people are often unhappy in their jobs or feel like they're not being challenged enough. The reasons for quiet quitting are varied, but if you find yourself struggling with a lack of motivation or feeling like your talents are going to waste then there's no need to stay put. There may be other opportunities available that will better suit your needs and passions where you can really shine.