Nearly third of HR pros say ‘quiet quitting’ is happening at their organization


More than a third of human resources professionals, 36%, say “quiet quitting” is happening in their organizations, according to a poll by the Society for Human Resource Management. While only some are seeing it, 51% of HR pros are concerned about it.

Quiet quitting has become a buzzword, referring to employees only doing what is necessary for the jobs and not going above and beyond.

Of HR professionals who say their organization is experiencing quiet quitting, 60% report their organization’s culture enables this behavior. Qualitative data from the survey point to issues such as lack of engagement, communication difficulties or poor management of people. Remote and hybrid work was also cited as a concern because of poor supervisor support and lack of accountability.

“With a slowing economy, employers can’t afford to have employees loudly or quietly quit,” said Johnny Taylor, Jr., president and CEO of SHRM. “Organizations must ensure they have strong, healthy cultures that are communicated clearly to their employees. Employees who are culturally aligned will thrive; those who aren’t happy with their organization’s culture and way of work should find more ideal employment.”

Other findings:

  • Of HR professionals concerned that quiet quitting will negatively impact their organization, many believe it will decrease employee morale in the workplace (83%), decrease employee productivity (70%) or decrease the quality of employee work products (50%).
  • Of HR professionals who report their organization is experiencing quiet quitting, 72% say they are witnessing millennial employees (those 26-41 years old) quiet quitting within their organization.
  • 43% of HR professionals agree that employee productivity is a big concern at their organization right now.

SHRM’s survey included 1,234 HR professionals and took place from Aug. 25 to Aug. 30.