Many individuals, especially ones newer to the workforce, have recently branded themselves as "quiet quitters," rejecting the notion that their work should take priority in their lives. They object to being expected to give their all or put in extra time. They refuse demands beyond what they believe is reasonable for their role.
Although quiet quitting has been around for a long time, it has only recently gained popularity as a result of social media. We examined data that described what makes people lose motivation at work in order to better comprehend this. The data shows that a manager's ability to foster a productive work environment for their staff correlates to an employee's motivation to work.
According to an HBR study using data from 2020 on 2,801 managers with 13,048 reports, the reasons and causes for employees to become unmotivated were analyzed. Results are shown in the graph below. When compared to the most effective leaders, it was discovered that the least effective managers have three to four times as many workers that fall into the category of "silent quitting." Only 20% of these supervisors' direct reports were willing to put in extra effort, and 14% of them discreetly resigned. However, those who were evaluated as being the best at juggling relationships and results saw 62% of their direct reports willing to put in more effort while only 3% were quiet quitting.
With strong leadership comes a strong working relationship with employees. Data shows that most employees who have great leadership and management allow employees to accomplish goals and objectives faster without feeling obligated to work past working hours.
Quiet quitting can be combatted with employee engagement. With engaging events and activities, employees become more attached to the company and wish to put in more work at a place where they enjoy being. Involvement with your work, employer, and coworkers are crucial to your overall enjoyment and experience if you work a regular schedule. The energy and productivity of the workforce increase, and they perform above and beyond. Naturally, this positively impacts mental well-being at work and will exude to people around them, including coworkers and clients.
Increased productivity, a more positive workplace culture, decreased attrition, improved working and customer connections and an impact on revenue are all benefits of employee engagement. Employees who are highly engaged become your best supporters.
Trends in working from home/hybrid work and strategies to optimize employee engagement.
Key drivers of employee engagement and effective solutions to boost engagement levels based on Gallup's 2023 Global Workplace report.