October 2022

How to turn Quiet Quitters into Loud, Loyal, Team-Players

What is Quiet Quitting?

By now you’ve more than likely heard of, and may even be sick of hearing about, the “quiet-quitting” trend that has been making headlines recently. While the trend actually has nothing to do with resigning, it has seen a rise in a movement to re-establish a greater work-life balance.

This LinkedIn article describes “Quiet Quitting” as ‘rejecting the notion that work has to take over one’s life and that employees should go above and beyond what their job descriptions entail – including turning down projects based on interest, refusing to answer work messages outside of working hours or simply feeling less invested in the role ’

The main takeaway from this is that people are feeling like their workloads and work-life balance, or lack of, is no longer sustainable. This shift in perception could be put down to a collective burnout people are feeling off the back of an almost three-year pandemic, where there has been a lot of challenges for people to navigate in their personal and professional lives.

How can you stop this happening in your workplace?

For businesses that have employees jumping on this trend it can be quite concerning as it highlights the issue of a potentially disengaged workforce. For employers to overcome this, they need to ensure their staff are feeling engaged, motivated, and most importantly, valued in their jobs.

How do we do this? Well, depending on your workplace, there’s a few things you can do. Straight off the bat, if you’re asking staff to take on tasks that are over and above what they’ve been hired to do, perhaps it time to review the role and look at options like a pay rise, promotion or hiring extra team members for busy periods.

If available, implementing flexible working options like hybrid working environments, part-time roles, or shorter working weeks could offer a greater work-life balance. Check out a recent article we published about the increasing popularity of four day working weeks.

Communication is key. Seek feedback from your employees on how they are going and initiate regular check-ins with them. Showing them that they are being heard and validating their ideas and opinions can greatly contribute to making staff members feel valued. Ask them, what they may need from you in terms of support? What can you do as a business to make their role more enjoyable?

We spend a lot of our lives at work, so making it a place your employees enjoy being can go a long way in ensuring they feel valued and engaged. See our most recent blog post about workplace wellbeing that offers more ideas that can be easily implemented to make sure your workforce is full of “Loud, Loyal Team-players” rather than a cohort of “Quiet Quitters”.

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