We’ve covered the topic of Quiet Quitting, now let’s talk about Quiet Firing. Although both Quiet Quitting and Quiet Firing are trending topics on TikTok, both have been happening in many companies for a long time. But in this article, we will address Quiet Firing and discuss how it affects the workforce.
An article from Hireology defines Quiet Firing as “A situation in which employees feel their managers are subtly encouraging them to leave a workplace at their own discretion rather than being terminated”. For some, it is easier to slowly push people out the door, than to address the situation.
No matter the reason an employer uses quiet firing, the results can be detrimental to the employees and management that are still working for the company.
To have a healthy workplace, communication is key. The employer(s) and employee(s) should be able to address situations and have a clear understanding of what is expected from everyone.
- Leaving the employee(s) out of important meetings, emails, and social invitations
- Moving employee(s) into a lower level role or less appealing role
- Lack of communication from the employer to the employee(s)
- Stalled promotions and advancements
- Denied raises
- Unfair and unequal treatment of employee(s)
- Overwork or underwork employee(s)
3 reasons employers have provided for utilizing a quiet firing technique:
- Conflict Avoidance
- Cost-Savings for the company
- Personal issue(s) with the employee
Quiet firing will always have a negative impact on the workforce. For the remaining workers, this can trigger a sense of insecurity and may present a false narrative to those around them. People may be on edge and believe any unintentional action from management is a sign they are next.
How to prevent Quiet Firing:
No matter the environment, employees should have access to discuss any concerns or discretion with more than their direct supervisor. It is important to take accountability and listen to your employees, no matter their role. Rather than automatically accepting the supervisor’s opinions on employee performance, ask questions and provide solutions.
HR Tip: Exit interviews are a great tool for getting insight into what is happening inside of a company when an employee leaves of their own free will. Even if someone is not comfortable with addressing the issue(s) they may have with the company, an exit interview can help provide clarity as to what is happening internally, especially since the former employee no longer has an affiliation with the business they are leaving.
Need ideas on how your company can support its employees and not succumb to quiet firing? Contact us at Klein HR Solutions at 305-775-5640 or email: [email protected]