By this point, most people have heard of the term “silent resignation,” where employees do the bare minimum of work at their jobs or set higher limits with management. To be clear, silent dropouts aren’t trying to lose their jobs, they just want to create a healthier work-life balance and spend more of their time on non-office related activities.
The phenomenon is taking over and now silent dropouts make up half of working adults in the United States
According to a new Gallup study, 50% of American adult employees describe themselves as “unengaged” at work. These individuals are people who are “doing the minimum required and are psychologically detached from their work,” says the Gallup poll.
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The other half of the population is made up of two groups. One group is made up of people who are “engaged” in their work while the other group says they are “actively disengaged” in their work.
32% of workers say they are engaged at work, the lowest number since 2014, but overall higher than in the early 2000s, when Gallup began tracking employee engagement trends in the United States. Interestingly, 18% of workers say they are actively disengaged at work, the highest number since 2013 on Gallup’s tracker.
“What we’re seeing right now is kind of a deterioration in the employee-employer relationship,” Jim Harter, chief scientist of Gallup’s workplace management practice, said of the study.
Gallup data for 2022 is derived from a sample of 15,091 full-time and part-time workers in the United States over the age of 17. The survey was conducted in June 2022.
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Gallup listed several things managers can do to help deter employees from quitting quietly, including weekly talks, accountability for individual performance, and showing workers how their work contributes to the overall company goal.
“Employees are the new customers,” Stephan Meier, a business strategy professor at Columbia Business School who studies worker motivation, told Insider recently. “There are huge differences in what people actually want.”
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An August Wall Street Journal article described the fallout from silent resignation among some US bosses who lamented the practice. Those bosses included Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and ABC’s “Shark Tank” co-star and O’Shares ETFs chairman Kevin O’Leary.
“Quitting smoking quietly isn’t just about quitting a job, it’s a step toward quitting life,” Huffington said.