“Quiet Quitting” and “The Great Resignation” are being referred to as trends in the talent crisis that are subject to change as time passes.
The thing is, this is not true. These trends are not new trends, they are the same patterns that have always been there and are now exacerbated by the last couple of years of continuing crises such as the pandemic, inflation, and a possible recession.
A just-released Gallup poll found that at least 50 percent of U.S. workers are “quiet quitters,” or employees who have chosen to stop going above and beyond in the workplace.
And just last year, more than 47 million people in the United States voluntarily quit their jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an unprecedented exit en masse that has become known as The Great Resignation.
We knew these trends were happening, but the numbers are astounding. Almost 15% of all US workers quit their job, and 50% of them chose to stay but choose not to go above and beyond in their work.
What these trends pull out of the workplace is that, in a workplace where one or more of these needs isn't being met, it’s inevitable that there will be some dysfunction, disengagement, and turnover even in the best of times.
So, as these trends continue on, it is important to create a culture that prioritizes employees' needs and listens to concerns.