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Quiet Quitting is it a real thing?

Ok so let 's be honest here! We've all quietly quit before. This isn't some new phenomena, where everyone has suddenly said "to hell with it, I'm out". We've all sat at our desk or in our cubicle and said I don't want to do this anymore, I'm tired, I'm never recognized for anything It's simply too much work etc, etc. It is estimated that over 50% of U.S. workers have quietly quit at some point in their careers. No matter the reason, we've all said it. Now here's the thing, What do we do about it after we've said it? Too many times, I've heard co-workers say, I'm leaving or #$%^ this job but a few weeks later they're still there and even a few years later still there saying the same thing.


So why aren't they leaving? Well to be perfectly honest, it's mainly preparation. See we can say, that we want to leave but in order to leave we have we have to research what's actually out there? Job searching takes days, weeks, and sometimes months to find the right position. Think about all that you need/want to find a new position or job. The salary for most of us is the main requirement for a new position, it's the lifeline of our finances. Finding a new position, paying the same amount or more can be the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack most times. Location, hours, benefits, telework, are just as important as salary and must definitely be addressed when searching for a new position. All of this takes time, it takes researching, it takes opportunity and in most cases it simply becomes overwhelming.


So if you're going to "Quietly Quit" here's how you do it:


1) Preparation is always on going! You should always prepare yourself for the possibility of a new position. Ask yourself, when's the last time you looked at your resume? When's the last time you updated it with your current responsibilities? If it's been awhile, and it most definitely shouldn't be. Get to work!! Your resume should always be kept up to date. Keeping the resume valid, doesn't mean that you're always on the hunt for a new position, it's just being prepared. If an opportunity arose, either at your current location or otherwise, you would be able to apply without hesitation. Job searching is always on-going as well. If you aren't active looking, you should always look passively. That simply means you casually search for new positions from time to time. These may be positions within your current place of employment or elsewhere, you never know when new opportunities may arise. In addition, networking should continue regardless of your situation. It is never a bad thing to make new acquaintances remember networking offers much much more than just employment opportunities.


2) Have a conversation! If you haven't had a conversation with management, then you definitely want to start here! Managers aren't mind readers, they don't know that you're unhappy, unless you have a conversation. Now listen, that doesn't mean that you go into their office and unload on them, remember things have to be handled with grace and restraint. However, you should schedule a meeting and simply explain your issue. Perhaps, your manager hadn't realized that your workload was too heavy, perhaps they assumed because you never said otherwise that you were ok. Maybe they don't know, that you want to be promoted or at least groomed for a promotion. Either way, a conversation will do one of two things: Confirm your decision or Change your mind! Be prepared for either!


All in all, "Quiet Quitting" is here to stay! Always has been and always will be. However, its how you choose to address your situation is what makes the difference. You can stay prepared and if/when you make the proclamation that you've had enough, you're ready to hit the pavement or the keyboard and find your next position or failure to do so and you will find yourself overwhelmed by having to now undertake it all!

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