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How to Counter ‘Quiet Quitting’

One of the more concerning workplace trends in the past year has been the emergence of “quiet quitting,” a term that originated in 2021. (Fun fact: the term was coined as a rough translation of a Chinese concept called “lying flat.”)

While some managers scornfully define it as doing the bare minimum to keep a job, the reality is that quiet quitting speaks to employees’ desire not to have the stress of a job dominate their life. Either way, it can reduce productivity. The good news is you can take steps to lower the chance of quiet quitting disrupting your business.

1.      Foster Open Communication

Schedule frequent check-ins with your employees to see how they’re feeling. Let them know your door is always open if they need to talk.

2.      Make Sure Your Employees Know You Value Them

Even more than compensation, employees are motivated by recognition. A survey by Gallup-Workhuman showed that people working for companies that prioritize recognition are 56% less likely to seek work elsewhere. The takeaway is to make sure your employees feel appreciated and valued – both professionally and personally. Consistently acknowledge their on-the-job achievements and their personal milestones, like birthdays and work anniversaries.

3.      Invest in Your Employees’ Physical and Emotional Health

You may have already instituted work-life balance boosters for your employees like flexible scheduling, capping the number of hours in a shift, or instituting frequent breaks. But to combat quiet quitting, you may want to consider more proactive perks like:

  • A gym membership subsidy
  • A weekly massage
  • An onsite yoga or meditation class

Measures like these will go a long way toward convincing your employees you’re not just paying lip-service toward their well-being; you’re actually invested in it.

4.      Connect Your Employees with Their Work

A solid means of increasing engagement is drawing a more solid line between what your employees do and how it helps the company succeed. If people feel like they’re a part of something and their contributions matter, they’ll feel a more personal connection with their jobs. They could also experience less burnout.

Pump Up the Volume with Mega Force

For more ideas on keeping your employees engaged and productive, check out our management tips blog posts. And for an infusion of talent, put Mega Force to work for you. We’re Southern Pines’ staffing expert, and we want to help you. Contact us today.


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