What is Quiet Quitting?

Quiet quitting is a new trend impacting businesses and hiring practices across the United States and Idaho is no exception. This type of quitting refers to when an employee doesn't leave their job, but shows up for work and does what is expected of them within the confines of their duties, and nothing more. The notion of going above and beyond seems to be waning in the face of a labor shortage and perhaps an adjustment of life priorities. So, what's the deal? Are people just lazy or have they reprioritized their lives and put their extra energy into things they consider more deserving of their time?

Quiet Quitting in Idaho: Are they just lazy workers?

Some might suggest that quiet quitting is lazy, but is it? To date, the trend doesn't seem to point at doing less or not working hard, merely doing what you were hired to do and nothing beyond that. Is it lazy to prioritize your health and well-being over that of a job? Should you skip going to the gym or family time because the boss needs you to fill in; especially without additional compensation? Then again, is it all that unreasonable for an employer to ask for a little more out of you from time to time as the need arises? There's a difference between asking for a bit extra and taking advantage. Nobody has all of the answers, but I suspect the possible solutions lie somewhere in the middle.

What can Idaho business owners do to help fix the problem?

If you are a business owner in Idaho, it is important to be aware of the quiet quitting trend. You can do several things to help keep your team engaged and inspired. First, you should provide competitive wages and benefits. This can be hard for mom-and-pops but there's more you can do outside of wages to keep your team engaged. Try to create a positive work environment and offer opportunities for career growth. Keep open communication with your employees to ensure that they feel valued and appreciated. Lean into strengths: Employees tend to enjoy doing what they're good at, so if you lean into what they do well and enjoy, they'll have more fun. And if you are having employees pick up slack to compensate for turnover, you might consider paying extra or providing incentives for those who are taking on extra duties.

What do you think about quiet quitting in Idaho?

It's too early to tell if quiet quitting will be a fleeting trend or is here to stay, but it's safe to say that it has the potential impact on businesses already struggling to find good employees. Have you seen this kind of behavior in your workplace and what do you think? I'd love to see your comments.

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