Quiet quitting is the latest industry buzzword that gets you wondering if your staff is putting their best foot forward while finishing their work.
While the term "silent quitting" conjures up images of someone departing without saying anything, quiet quitting refers to when your staff stops going above and beyond while doing their duties.
If your employee is quiet quitting, they are most likely just doing what they need to to keep their job. No employee simply decides to go quietly; they have most likely been dissatisfied for a long period due to burnout.
Here are some pointers and tactics on how to avoid burnout and quiet quitting at work.
Work Downtime Into Employee Schedules
One way to prevent quiet quitting is by working some downtime into your employee's schedules.
As a business owner, we understand that you may want to dedicate every second of the day to improving your business, but scheduling in that downtime is crucial for you and your employees.
Humans are not meant to be working all hours of the day. We need to take time to nourish ourselves as well, physically and mentally. Scheduling and enjoying a long lunch break 1 or 2 days a week is a great idea.
This small change will greatly improve your quality of life and your employees’ as well.
Set Clear Work Expectations
One of the most frustrating aspects of quiet quitting is when employees refuse to go beyond the scope of their job descriptions.
While you can’t expect your employees to do more work than they are getting paid for, making their job expectations clear can greatly improve their work ethic.
Keep in mind that having your employees take on more roles than usual can lead to them having less time and energy to complete their originally assigned tasks. Make sure you are spreading the workload around evenly.
Offer Opportunities for Promotion
Employees who feel trapped in the same position that’s going nowhere are more likely to end up quitting.
If they think the hard work they put into your business isn’t going to have positive results for them, why would they continue to proceed with excellence?
By offering opportunities for advancement, you are giving your employees a sense of ownership within their careers while also making them feel valued by their employer.
Encourage Reachable Goals
Setting reasonable due dates for projects can help prevent quiet quitting. Being upfront and clear about when you need projects to be done will prevent burnout altogether.
Although you may be inclined to push your staff to excel at their jobs on a regular basis, doing so might lead to stress and unhappiness.
Instead, recognize that everyone requires downtime and reward hard-working staff with lower-stress jobs plus time to relax.
Quiet Quitting Deserves No Place in Your Business
Having your employee's best interests in mind is important if you want your business to succeed. These are people who you have hired to help your business flourish. If they are experiencing burnout or going through the motions of quiet quitting, your business will not grow the way you want it to.
Take the time to encourage and appreciate your employees. They and your business will thank you in the long run.
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