Boomers wanted money, Millennials wanted value and now it appears that Gen Z want a clear differentiation between work and home life and they are going to get it, in a trend being tagged as “quiet quitting” on TikTok.
Quiet quitting is essentially doing the least amount of work possible in order to remain on the payroll, and can either be framed as an intentional rejection of the always-on hustle culture we’ve become accustomed to in recent years, or a workplace scourge that results in your teammates picking up the slack.
Which option is correct depends on who you speak to, but one thing is clear, the rise in quiet quitting coincides with the decline in employee engagement. Does one impact the other?
The majority of workers engaging in the practice are Gen Z, many of whom started their careers just before or during the pandemic, and so have yet to experience the sense of engagement, value and team building that can come from working on the office floor.
For them, work life and personal life have remained two distinct concepts, and their sense of self is in no way connected to their career which makes it easier to switch off. But this lack of engagement is not limited to Gen Z. Recent research from Gallup, conducted across 142 countries, shows that 63% of workers would no longer describe themselves as engaged.
Closer to home, the same survey also states that only 9% of workers in the UK are engaged or enthusiastic about their work, ranking 33rd out of 38 European countries. Similarly western Europe is ranked behind Latin America, Australia, the US and Canada in terms of engaged employees, so the rise of quiet quitting makes sense.
What’s the solution?
Firstly, it’s important to acknowledge that for some, quiet quitting is simply a way of life and not a social media trend to be exploited. Not all workers crave or value career progression, and so for some, treading water is a personality trait – not a trend. But for the majority, quiet quitting is caused by a lack of stimulation within the role, a lack of internal progression or a sense of being in the wrong job.
For employers, look at the training opportunities afforded to staff and ask if these can be improved. It’s also valuable to look at the benefits being offered to employees – are there non-financial benefits such as hybrid or remote work or a four-day week that might kick-start engagement?
For employees, ask yourself why you’re quietly quitting. Do you truthfully fill your personal life with rewarding activities, study or a side hustle so that quiet quitting is a lifestyle choice, or are you bored and simply in the wrong job or career?
If it’s the latter, explore the dozens of vacant opportunities currently available on the Silicon Canals Job Board and check out the three exciting roles we’ve found below.
Compliance Manager, Juni
The Role: The Compliance Manager will support the development of Juni’s compliance programme and use your experience to help maintain an excellent compliance-aware culture.
The Responsibilities: In this fully remote role, you will have responsibility for constructing, reviewing and maintaining compliance policies, procedures and processes to ensure that the systems and controls framework is adequate and up-to-date.
The Requirements: You’ll have a minimum of five years’ relevant experience working in an emoney, payment services or a retail banking environment. In addition to a deep understanding of the payment services regulations, emoney regulations, FCA and AML rules.
Sales Strategy & Operations Manager, BVNK
The Role: The Sales Strategy & Operations Manager will build specific sales strategies, operationalise key sales processes, and build out reporting to measure success as the company scales.
The Responsibilities: You will be responsible for providing operational rigour and support to the wider team in order to manage the day to day organisational revenue to ensure sustainable and continued growth.
The Requirements: You will have at least three years experience working in sales operations at a Fintech or SaaS organisation in addition to a deep understanding of sales planning and strategy, including modelling and planning for direct and indirect models.
Marketing Automation Manager- France, Hubspot
The Role: HubSpot Marketing is looking for a Marketing Automation Manager to build and scale the customer and prospect experience through Marketing Automation.
The Responsibilities: You will lead chat marketing strategy for HubSpot France. You’ll create and experiment on chat experiences across the hubspot.fr website and within the HubSpot app and will be in charge of leveraging your expertise in email, live chats and bots, to connect small business leads and users with the right resources at the right time, on a channel that they prefer.
The Requirements: You will need full professional proficiency in French and English, HEART values, and a team player mentality as well as proven experience in setting up, delivery, and optimizing automated email campaigns.