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The One Thing You Need to Know About 'Quiet Quitting'

First a global pandemic that sent a large portion of employees home to work remotely. Then the Great Resignation. Now Quiet Quitting. Senior leaders continue to grapple with what feels like crisis upon crisis as they attempt to steer their organizations effectively and for the long-term. 

Quiet Quitting was called out in a recent viral TikTok video. The idea of not "outright quitting your job but quitting the idea of going above and beyond” resonated with a vast number of employees. 

The Thrive article Why Quiet Quitting Is Not the Solution to Our Burnout Crisis noted, however, that the term means different things to different people. "For some, it simply means quitting on hustle culture, which is a great thing. But for many others, it means just going through the motions, accepting a lack of engagement, joy and purpose in our work as a long-term solution to burnout. That’s the version of quiet quitting we need to quit."

Workplace burnout is nothing new. It's simply that we now have a simultaneous war for talent raging in the midst of a transformative time in society that includes a reframing of what work is, what it means to us and how it fits into our own goals and aspirations. Some leaders may feel the solution lies in simply paying employees for extra work. But I believe it goes deeper than that. Managers are crucial to the employee experience, retention and keeping the talent pipeline flowing. As I've said for some time, the key is leading with empathy

I had a senior leader tell me recently that he just wants things to go back to normal. But "normal" is not available to us, and we're not going back. So, what's next? We must be aware that women, Millennials and Gen-Z workers -- who are all crucial to leading us into the next iteration of the workplace and the future of our organizations -- are thinking deeply about the question of Quiet Quitting and what it means to them. Senior leaders need to be ready.   

Read the Thrive article and answer the discussion questions below with your team. 

Jeffery

P.S.: Hear more about Quiet Quitting in next week's episode of the Win(e)D Down Wednesday podcast with me and Amanda Hammett. This week, Brad Johnson and David Smith return to the podcast to talk about allyship. 

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Discussion Questions 
  • The Thrive article gives some tools and strategies for addressing the phenomenon of Quiet Quitting. Does your organization employ any of these tools? How could you incorporate one tool into your team?   
 
  • Do you agree that this is indeed a "once-in-a-generation opportunity" to redefine the workplace and incorporate empathy and employee well-being into company practices and policies? If so, what are some ways you can begin with your existing team and as you recruit new talent?
 
  • Is there a price for disengagement at work? What are the differences between disengaging and simply setting healthy boundaries?
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