Quiet quitting is becoming a popular topic among the HR world. Different sources describe this term as doing exactly what you need in your job, nothing more and nothing less. This is contrary to the “go above and beyond” mentality, which is normally what allows you to develop within your working place.
There are different theories about why employees are giving up to going the extra mile. One of them is the situation during the pandemic, in which mental health became a main topic, thus enhancing the importance of work-life balance.
This phenomenon can bring new challenges for HR professionals:
💪🏼 It might be necessary to explore new ways to maintain employees motivated.
💆🏻♀️ This might be an opportunity to prevent burn-outs, enhancing practices to maintain mental health among organizations.
📌 It might help to find better matches between employee and job offers, since employees are not willing to do a job they are not really motivated for.
🤝 Furthermore, the importance of organizational culture and employee wellbeing might be highlighted to the high level management within organizations.
Have you experienced quiet quitting in your company?
We would be thrilled to hear your input about this trend topic 🤩.
Greetings from Munich,
P.S. In the following sources you can find more information about quiet quitting: BBC, HR Trend Institute, Harvard Business Review, New York Times.
For those of you who are interested in this topic, there is also a webinar from Personio about it:
Quiet Quitting - how does modern Employer Branding look like and how does it help to retain your top talent and keep them motivated?
Would love to hear some experiences about Quiet Quitting!
At my previous place - as lead on employee expierence/engagement - we took a very different view to the Journal-trend and labelling.
There are a lot of very dedicated people who have many life commitments. In our view it is critical to not look ‘down’ at people who are structured and rigid - have clear boundaries between life and work - and instead review how we learn from these people on helping others on switching off, burnout prevention etc.
In many cases, as mentioned a lot of those labelled as ‘quiet quitting’ are not quitting at all - they may have become ‘quiet’ only as they have become carers (both elder and infant) or working through their own wellbeing challenges. Being quiet and doing the job (but not going ‘beyond’) should not be stigmatised as ‘quitting’ - but instead we (as HR/People) should better understand and better provide the resources our Humans need.
Support, Enable, Empower - Everyone.