Quiet quitting may be the latest buzzword in the world of the workplace but it is no passing fad. Even before the turbulence of the pandemic, workers across the US were becoming increasingly demoralized and dissatisfied. Desperate to reclaim some of their work/life balance and not feel just another cog in the wheel, they started to question the value of the ‘work is life’ culture and began to focus on non-work activities.
There has been a lot of coverage in the media about the ‘Great Resignation’ across the US. A 2022 survey by the Conference Board revealed that 31% of US workers surveyed are actively looking for a new job with another 28% unsure if they will leave their company in the next six months.
This blog will take a high-level look at the current increase in quiet quitting and what it could mean for procurement and supply chain firms. As a solutions-focused business, we will then take a look at how to mitigate quiet quitting in your workplace.
What is quiet quitting?
In a nutshell, quiet quitting is when employees become disengaged from their roles and responsibilities. Rather than going ahead and handing their notice, quiet quitters are more likely to resort to doing the bare minimum in the workplace. They will probably appear less motivated at work and may make less effort with colleagues and clients.
Quiet quitters will stick to the duties outlined in their job description and won’t be interested in career progression or disrupting their work/life balance. While your employees must leave work every day with energy for their private life it is also vital that they enjoy their job and being in the workplace. Here’s how you can do your bit to make that happen.
How to avoid quiet quitting in the workplace
Create and promote a positive work culture
We talk a lot about promoting a great workplace culture in our blogs, but it is one of the cornerstones of your business’s success. Here are some tips for creating a positive workplace culture.
Offer flexible or hybrid working
Not every business can offer remote or hybrid working, but if you can, and your employees want it, then it can help to increase staff retention. In fact, the survey found that over half (54%) of respondents would stay at a firm that offered flexible working.
If you’re worried about employees becoming less productive, take a look at our blog on top tips for keeping remote workers engaged and motivated .
Offer opportunities for advancement
According to Conference Board, career advancement was among the top factors that would influence workers’ decision to stay at their company with 33% of the vote. Of course, not every procurement and supply chain firm will be able to offer candidates a concrete long-term career path - times are tough for employers too, after all. But make sure you have a good understanding of the person’s aspirations and if there are any training and development opportunities they would be interested in pursuing. Online courses can be surprisingly budget-friendly and can help to keep employees motivated and feel valued. Always be honest about the career and L&D path you are able to offer and never make any promises you can’t keep.
If you are able to offer a clear development path make sure the opportunities are available to everyone and that all your team knows what they need to do to progress.
Offer a competitive package
Again, this can be trickier for smaller firms but, where possible, your business should be able to offer a competitive salary and benefits to employees. This is especially important for attracting and retaining Millennial talent. The survey found that three in four Millennials (74%) say higher pay would influence their decision to stay with their organization, compared to only 52% of Gen X and 47% of Baby Boomers.
We hope these tips on how to avoid quiet quitting have been useful and have given you some ideas about how to make sure your workforce is engaged and committed. If you would like to discuss your recruitment requirements for the year ahead or want to find out more about how to digitally transform your business, get in touch. We are procurement and supply chain recruitment experts and we would love to help.
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