Is your manager a nightmare or a sanctimonious jerk who gives you panic attacks every huddle video? Have you only realized that you’re in the wrong industry? Is your work culture or co-workers being so toxic? These things and some other reasons can actually lead you to the idea of “Quiet quitting” hoping that your current employer won’t notice your lack of enthusiasm or commitment. A study found that due to generational changes, about 30% of Gen Z and Millennial employees between the ages of 25 to 34 are “quiet quitters”.
If you find yourself in this circumstance but are having the lack courage to do what is necessary for your mental health and well-being, keep on reading for some advice and learn more about quiet quitting.
What does quiet quitting mean?
Recently, the quiet quitting trend is all over LinkedIn and Tiktok where people explain their reasons why they joined the craze. Quiet quitting is when employees decide to settle to the “bare minimum”; not going extra to their work responsibilities, but not necessarily totally quitting the job.
According to experts, the COVID-19 pandemic greatly contributed to this phenomenon as companies and businesses have gone through a recession and reduced their workforce putting more work responsibilities on their current employees; a strain of stress, increased huddle videos, loss of motivation, burnout, and unproductivity tend to succumb the team members – reasons for them to be quiet quitters.
However, many employees are left with no choice and are afraid to pass their resignation letter and leave their job because of high inflation and low job security.
The Quiet Quitter's Guide to Successfully Leaving a Job
Some situations really call for quitting and I tell you, there’s nothing wrong with it. Yet, many of us struggle with the idea of quitting our job as it is and will never be easy.
Next time, when you feel that you are “quiet quitting”, take note of these guides in order for you to be ready and successful if you want to leave your job.
Make a plan, and stick to it.
A successful job-quitting plan starts with having a solid plan for how you’re going to approach it all. What will you tell your employer? When do you want to leave? How do you plan on securing a new job? How do you plan on making up the income you’ll lose? Do you search for a new job without those dreaded huddle videos? If you want to leave your job, you need a plan for how you’re going to do it. This way, you won’t be caught off guard if your employer asks you when you plan on leaving or how long you plan on staying. It’s important to have a plan so that you don’t have to make up a story on the spot.
Don’t burn bridges.
The temptation to quit your job without a new one lined up can be overwhelming, and it’s never a good idea to leave a job without a clear end date. That’s why so many “quiet quitters” just stop showing up, waiting for their employer to fire them so they can collect unemployment and move on. But this is short-sighted and can actually harm your reputation. If you’re hoping to work in the same industry in the future, you don’t want your prospective employer to see you as someone who burned bridges and left a huge mess behind. Instead, try to stick it out for a few more months and leave on good terms. This will make it much easier to find another job in the future.
Find your voice.
As you’re preparing to leave your job, you might start to feel like you’re completely at the mercy of your employer. Maybe you’re worried that your employer will fire you before you have time to find a new job, or that you’ll have trouble getting your last paycheck if you leave before the end of the month. You can ease these worries by having a careful conversation with your employer. Be upfront about what’s going on, and ask for what you need. If you need a few extra days to look for other jobs, ask your employer if they’re willing to give you that time. If you need help talking to financial aid offices to get your last paycheck, you can ask your employer to help you with that, too. If you’re worried that your employer will fire you with no notice or before your last paycheck has come, you can start building a case for why you deserve to be treated better. You might want to start off with a polite and constructive conversation about your concerns. This way, you’ll have an easier time getting what you need from your employer.
Talk with friends and family about leaving your job.
It can be really tough to talk to your friends and family about leaving your job — especially if you’ve been quietly quitting for a while and have been trying to avoid the topic for as long as possible. But this is an important step in successfully quitting your job: you need to get your support system in place before you actually leave. If you’re worried that your friends and family will tell you to stay at your job, or that they’ll feel like they have to choose sides if they know you want to leave, try to talk to them before you actually quit. Explain maybe in a huddle video why you want to leave your job, and let them know that this isn’t a decision that you made lightly. Ask them to support you as you continue to look for new jobs and search for your next opportunity.
Try to fix the problems that are making you want to leave.
If you’re having issues with your employer or co-workers that make you want to leave your job, try to resolve them before you actually quit. This doesn’t mean that you have to put up with harassment or abuse. You can go to your company’s HR department to try to resolve issues like discrimination. Try to get your problems with your employer or coworkers resolved as soon as possible, and make sure that you document everything. This will make it easier to prove your case if you need to go to HR or take legal action. If the problems with your job are personal ones — like if the work is overwhelming and you need help managing it — try to fix those issues now, too. Speak with your manager about taking on less work, ask for a reduced workload, or ask for help finding ways to manage your time better.
“Quiet Quitting” is a result of whatever reason that has been taking a toll on one’s self within their work environment that affects their work performance. It is indeed a step away from the hustle culture that we’re used to.
Quitting your job can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. Start by making a plan for when you’ll quit, how you’ll quit, and how you’ll handle the aftermath. Make sure to engage in self-care and document any problems that you’re having with your employer or your work. When you’re ready to leave, be honest and upfront with your employer, talk to your friends and family about your plans and try to resolve any issues that are making you want to quit as quickly as possible.
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