Lisa D. Henry
You’ve probably seen the term quiet quitting splashed around social media. Quiet quitting is the new phenomenon, and it is rapidly seen as more and more millennials return to the office. Alot of us have heard the terms disengagement and employee engagement as buzzwords over the years. However, the pandemic has left this latest trend as a wakeup call to employers. According to a survey by Gallup, more than half the US workforce is quietly quitting. The ratio of engaged employees compared to actively disengaged employees is the lowest that it’s been in a decade, with only 32% of employees showing to be engaged. So, why is quiet quitting becoming all too familiar? Here are a few key reasons we found.
“The rate of inflation is around 9% and wages have not kept up with that rate of inflation,” according to TikTok user and Forbes’ Money and Finance Contributor duchesofdecorum. What this means is that employees at various income levels may give voice to frustration due to national economic factors. According to CNBC, this issue particularly impacts incomes between $50,000 and $150,000.
“Although quiet quitting is not new, the vast attention on the topic has made the message louder. The workplace is changing,” says Jaclyn Margolis, writer for Psychology Today. “We’ve noticed that the pandemic has caused a shift in employee’s priorities, with people re-evaluating their work-life balance and seeking flexible remote work options.”
Employee well-being matters now more than ever. Post pandemic, the changing workplace is evident of the need to maintain great cultures.