There is a lot of talk about quiet quitting and how it impacts the productivity of businesses and other employees. But not much is said about how much quitters suffer and what they can do about it.
Quiet Quiet is a work approach where individuals meet the minimum requirements of their job description but no more, no discretionary performance, no exceedance. Gallup research shows that there are three categories of employees: engaged, disengaged, and actively disengaged. In the US, the proportion of engaged workers in the US is 32% in 2022, actively disengaged increased to 18% and the remaining 50% are disengaged. Many silent quitters fall into the categories of the disengaged or the actively disengaged person. They are psychologically disengaged from their work and their company, which means they invest time but not energy or passion.
When employees are unmotivated, they may spend some time looking for other jobs or doing side jobs, but they also report more days off work due to illness and mental health issues. They suffer from not being able to enjoy their everyday life and not being able to stay in the flow while working. You could also be burned out. With so many employees changing jobs, those who stay have to cover for them, work overtime and delay their promotion plans.
The most common reasons for withdrawing are that they feel their leaders don’t care about them, and they don’t feel heard, respected, or empowered to work together. Most of these employees once joined the company and were ready to make a difference, but eventually encountered obstacles they couldn’t overcome and just stopped trying. Sometimes even perfectionists fall into this category; After trying for a long time to get praise or a promotion, they decide to stop fighting. In many cases, after overwork for the wrong reasons, they end up burned out with a high level of stress and frustration, and then all they want is to slow down and stop the “rate race.” Sometimes imposter syndrome occurs, where the employee does not feel empowered to change jobs.
If you are one of them, what can you do to stop becoming a quiet quitter and find more flow in your everyday life?
- Ask for help. Get a coach who can help you identify what is preventing you from reaching your highest potential.
- Find out what your ideal role could be, research other job postings and imagine doing something different. How would that look?
- Be aware of your likes and dislikes. What kind of tasks do you enjoy the most? What kind of tasks lower your energy? How can you do more of what you enjoy in your current job?
- Do you speak. Talk to your manager when you are tired, have new ideas or want to do something different. If necessary, ask about a role change or apply for other roles within the company that may better match your expectations. It’s okay to set boundaries, discuss this with your manager.
- Be patient. You may also be looking for that perfect job that may never turn up! It may never show up because you build it up over time with your experience. As you get to know yourself and experience different tasks, you will recognize what you like, what you don’t like and what kind of guidance you need. You may even have the right job, but with the wrong leader. Take the time to analyze what’s going wrong and start changing things little by little.
Being a quiet go-getter for a while may seem tempting, but over time it’s just plain frustrating and depressing. You don’t fully appreciate your uniqueness and strengths. Find what you want, don’t be afraid. You are the owner of your career.