The term “quiet quitting” refers to reducing one’s effort at work, like stopping the completion of any activities not mentioned in the job description.
According to a recent Gallup poll, at least half of all American workers are “quiet quitters.”
Employee engagement in the United States continued to decline during the second quarter of 2022, with only 32% of workers considered engaged and 18% considered actively disengaged.
The number of actively disengaged employees compared to those engaged is now 1.8 to 1 — the lowest it has been in nearly ten years.
Moreover, the engagement levels decreased sharply in the second half of last year, around the same time job resignations started increasing. The biggest drop was seen among managers.
At the same time, the decrease in employer satisfaction and engagement is highest among younger millennials (under 35) and Gen Zers.
To be more precise:
- From 2019 to 2022, the percentage of engaged workers under 35 fell by 6 points. During that same period, the rate of actively disengaged employees grew by six percentage points.
- Younger employees have lost 10 or more percentage points when it comes to strongly feeling that someone cares about them, someone encourages their growth, and they have chances to learn and improve.
- Young people who work remotely or in the hybrid mode were 12 points less likely to strongly agree that someone encouraged their growth.
- Fewer than four out of ten young remote or hybrid employees understand what is expected from them.