Quiet quitting is a topic that has been trending lately. It took an interesting position in our society on a very short time.
Quiet quitting has started on social media, especially on Tik Tok, it can be defined as the state when the employees are not happy about one or many aspects of their work, so they limit themselves to do what the employer is expecting and nothing more. There are many other definitions, to make it clear, an example of Quiet Quitting would be not answering e-mails or calls as soon as the employee leaves the office.
Quiet quitting has a direct impact on productivity’s rates since figures are starting to raise some concern. Data in the U.S for example has shown that in the first half of 2022, productivity has been in its lowest compared to the same period of 2021.
What are the main reasons of Quiet quitting ?
This trend became popular in a very short period, but it’s a result of many years of accumulation, especially the last 3 years with the pandemic of Covid-19.
Many employees are tired, have been overworking or went through a burn-out. Their working conditions were not good for them but most couldn’t leave their positions because of their financial situation or for some other reasons. They limit themselves to do the necessary tasks only, additional work is not taken seriously or is not done.
What about the consequences?
Quiet quitting is considered as an advantage by some employees, but they ignore that there are consequences on themselves and the company.
The first problem is that a Quiet Quitter will start hating his/her job. When you look at the clock at the end of every minute, you unconsciously tell your mind that your job is not a part of your comfort zone. As a result, you lose interest, you endure a lack of focus and at the end, you lose the motivation to work.
Regarding companies, it’s not in their interest to have Quiet Quitters. Because of a low productivity, the performance would not be optimal. As we all know, the competition is fierce between companies and only those with ambitious, motivated, and hard-working employees can climb to the top of the ladder.