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Quiet Quitting Leads to Quiet Firing

Published Friday Sep 23, 2022

Quiet Quitting Leads to Quiet Firing

‘Quiet quitting,’ the term that refers to workers choosing to only put the bare minimum into their work, is still making headlines. Recent surveys have found as many as one-quarter of workers say they do just enough to meet expectations.

Well, managers are taking notice, and many are less than pleased, responding with ‘quiet firing’ or passive-aggressive tactics in hopes that the ‘quiet quitter’ will just quit.

To find out how managers view quiet quitting, surveyed 1,000 managers with at least one direct report, in September.

Key findings include:

  • 98% of managers of ‘quiet quitters’ say it’s important their reports do more than the bare minimum
  • 91% of managers have taken some action against ‘quiet quitters,’ including taking steps to terminate them and denying promotions/raises
  • 1 in 3 managers admit to ‘quiet firing’ reports
  • 64% of managers say ‘quiet quitters’ are unlikely to have a successful career
  • 75% of managers say it’s justifiable to fire someone only doing the bare minimum

98% of managers disapprove of their reports ‘quiet quitting’

More than half of managers (58%) say they have at least one report who currently only does the bare minimum. Our survey defined doing the bare minimum as putting in the least amount of effort to just meet expectations.

Additionally, 58% of managers have noticed the amount of effort being put in today is noticeably less, and more than half say reports never go above and beyond (58%) or take initiative (54%).

Of managers who currently have a report who is only doing the bare minimum, nearly all of them (98%) say that it’s important that they do more.


See the full report here.

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