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A “quiet quitter” is an employee who, rather than formally resigning from their position, simply stops doing any work outside of their job description. This employee has firm boundaries around work and does the basic responsibilities to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

However, if an employee starts quiet quitting, it might be a hint that they’re unhappy at work or are facing burnout. It might also indicate that they are searching for a new career or are open to change in their current role. As a manager, you should be aware of the signs of quiet quitting so you can identify and rectify the issue.

Here are some things you can do to ensure your employees don’t become quiet quitters:

Workload increases should be temporary

Working at, or near, maximum capacity all the time is unsustainable. Employees should get time to recharge their batteries, take a break from work, and spend quality time with their families and friends.

Remember that you are altering the employment agreement if you ask workers to take on additional duties. The adjustment should be temporary and, ideally, voluntary. If you don’t, you’ll be violating employees’ agency and maybe forcing them into a position different from the one they signed up for.

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Taking on extra responsibility should be a choice

Both parties should be on board when a professional pivot is concerned. Instead of making assumptions about an employee’s interest in or readiness for a promotion or a new function in the company, it’s better to take the initiative and see how they feel about it.

You can motivate workers by giving them more options and letting them experiment with different roles. You shouldn’t, however, push people into leadership roles, especially if the position entails extra work without a promotion or compensation.

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Workers should be provided with fair pay, benefits, and healthy working conditions; a supportive and encouraging workplace culture; and opportunities to develop professionally while maintaining a balanced personal life. To prevent burnout and encourage a productive work-life balance, management must foster these circumstances and address disruptions in the workplace.

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