Recently Gallup released a new report entitled “Quiet Firing: What It Is and How to Stop Doing It.”
We’ve all heard about quiet quitting, in which an employee shows up just to collect a paycheck and bide their time until they either qualify for their pension or find a new job.
What is quiet firing?
Quiet firing describes the situation in which managers neglect an employee as a passive way to push them out of the organization. In this scenario the employee often has a toxic or otherwise miserable experience at work, and the manager does nothing to rectify it.
On the other hand, in some cases, a manager might simply be managing absently, by passively being there but not fully supporting the work. This may be due to of environmental causes such as workplace politics or their own stress level.
Either way, the employee may come to the conclusion that it’s time to find a new position. Losing a strong employee is obviously a sad waste of a productive team member. It takes weeks for new employees to become highly productive, not to mention the weeks it takes to find and recruit new employees. Some estimates put the cost at 50% – 200% of salary.
What can managers do to overcome quiet firing?
Here are the top tips to prevent losing valuable team members.
#1 Have meaningful conversations weekly. In the least talk with them about priorities and providing support. Make expectations clear.
#2 Involve employees in setting their goals. If people are not constantly growing the work will become boring and they will leave. You can’t know how they’re feeling about work if you don’t ask. Also they want help choosing appropriate ways to challenge themselves.
Furthermore, be clear about what steps the person has to take to reach their career goals. If they haven’t asked you to help them, then take the initiative and offer your help.
#3 Give recognition. Different people like different forms of recognition. Some like public praise but some introverts may not. They may prefer a one-on-one lunch or a gift card to their favorite retailer or time off.
What examples of quiet firing are you aware of and how were they overcome?