By now, you’re probably already familiar with the term ‘quiet quitting’, but there’s a new buzzword that we should also acquaint ourselves with. And that is ‘quiet firing’.
Quiet firing is when a manager or employer chooses to pull back on the duties of an underperforming employee or create a less than ideal work environment for them instead of just letting them go.
So, instead of giving employees any sort of feedback to learn and grow from their mistakes, they hope that the individual will just take themselves out of the equation and quit.
It may be interesting to note that while the term quiet firing sounds new, the approach in itself is not and has been around for some time. According to a LinkedIn poll with over 20,000 respondents, 80% of workers said that they have seen quiet firing at work or have experienced it themselves.
Yes, we know it all sounds terribly counterproductive and odd. Why would any employer or manager keep an underperforming staff on their payroll with no intention of helping them to improve?
Quiet firing is highly problematic and it stems from a number of reasons such as conflict avoidance, cost-saving to mismanagement. So it’s important that employees are able to identify the signs and also be proactive in ensuring that they avoid such a situation.
8 Signs of Quiet Firing
It can be challenging to know exactly if you’re being quietly fired, however there are some common signs that you should look out for:
When these situations occur, you may find themselves feeling detached from their work environment and having low morale. Thereby leading to resignation due to a want for better treatment.
8 Ways to Avoid Quiet Firing
There are several things you can do to try to avoid quiet firing and it mainly revolves around communication.
In summary, the overall approach to avoid quiet firing is to put out work that is of consistently high standards and build strong relationships. And it is important to note that these things take time so it is important to be patient in the process.
However, if you find yourself stuck in a cycle and all your efforts to change minds have been in vain, then perhaps, it might be time for you explore your options and look for other opportunities elsewhere.
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