As a small business owner, the phrase “quiet quitting” may have recently popped up on your radar. It’s a term that is being used to describe a situation where an employee disengages from their work without resigning at all.  


But is quiet quitting a misnomer or a new trend? And more importantly, what can YOU as an employer do about it?  


Our pros at Vested HR are here to guide you through this puzzling workplace phenomenon.

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Unpacking “Quiet Quitting” 

You may be surprised to find that “quiet quitting” is not actually about employees leaving their jobs without notice. Instead, it characterizes workers who, despite their physical presence, are mentally or emotionally disconnected. They continue to work but their productivity, creativity, and overall engagement significantly drop. 


In essence, these employees have quit their jobs emotionally  

and mentally, even though they remain employed.  


Thus, it could be argued that “quiet quitting” is somewhat of a misnomer because the so-called “quitting” doesn’t mean they’ve resigned, but rather they’re withdrawing from meaningful engagement.


Is Quiet Quitting a New Trend? 


While the term “quiet quitting” may seem relatively new, the phenomenon it describes has been going on for a long time. It’s not a new trend, but rather a newly named aspect of employee disengagement.  


The recent spotlight on it reflects the growing importance of employee engagement in today’s workplace. 


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How You Can Get Ahead of the Burn Out 


Addressing this rising issue requires proactive management and a strong understanding of your team’s dynamics.

Consider the following strategies: 


Regular Check-ins: Hold frequent one-on-one meetings with your employees to gauge their satisfaction and engagement. 


Foster Open Communication: Encourage employees to voice their concerns and ideas. 


Promote Work-Life Balance: Overworked employees are more likely to disengage. Prioritize a healthy work-life balance for all members of your team.  


Provide Growth Opportunities: Providing chances for career development can boost employee engagement and motivation. 


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Your Partner Against Quiet Quitting: Vested HR 


Quiet quitting can silently drain your organization’s productivity and morale. At Vested HR, we understand the challenges small businesses face in maintaining a fully engaged workforce. We’re here to help you foster a work environment that motivates and engages your employees. 


We are in(Vested) in your team! Contact us today to find out how our managed HR services can help you prevent employees from burning out and becoming disengaged in the workplace.