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You’ve Heard of Quiet Quitting, but What About Quiet Firing?

Published Fri Dec 02 2022


Much has been said in the past few months about quiet quitting, which occurs when employees do little more than show up and perform the tasks they’re responsible for—not going above and beyond or working harder than expected. While the merits and drawbacks of this practice are debated, another trend is starting to reveal itself: quiet firing. This occurs when managers fail to provide coaching, support, career development, or other input necessary for their team members’ success. Their jobs become so difficult or meaningless that they walk out the door. There are many reasons this might happen, but the facts are clear: Without support, work suffers. According to Gallup, only one-third of employees strongly agreed someone has talked with them about their progress in the past six months, but by doubling that number, organizations have achieved 28 percent lower absenteeism and 10 percent higher productivity rates. To prevent quiet firing from infiltrating your workplace, have frequent conversations with employees about their goals, their day-to-day processes, and what they need to be more effective in their roles.

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