Are Canadians addicted to quiet quitting?

New report finds revealed if Canadians are ‘high strivers’ or just doing the bare minimum

Are Canadians addicted to quiet quitting?

Quiet quitting is the latest subject of workplace conversations. Quiet quitting, as previously reported by HRD, occurs when an employee does the bare minimum of work to remain employed and collect a pay check.

But are Canadian professionals guilty of this? Findings from a new Robert Half suggest not. In fact, only five per cent out of more than 500 surveyed employees admit to doing "just enough to meet the bare minimum."

On the other hand, 59% of the workers said they are going "above and beyond their job description each day, and pursuing opportunities to learn new skills," while 85% said they have been "putting in more or the same amount of effort as they did two years ago."

The findings show that Canadian professionals are actually "high strivers," according to Robert Half, and are not experiencing the phenomenon dubbed as quiet quitting.

Read more: Here's what to do when employees are singled out over 'quiet quitting'

What can employers do?

To prevent the phenomenon from affecting employees, Robert Half advised employers to be more vocal on recognition and double down on employee relations and retention.

Lauren Berry, People and Culture Manager at people management platform, Employment Hero, previously told HRD that quiet quitting could be considered a "subset" of the Great Resignation and stamping it out would need establishing boundaries so work does not step over an employee's personal life.

"Putting boundaries around work in place is essential to help prevent burnout in our people. Particularly for remote-first organisations like Employment Hero, these boundaries are critical to ensuring our work is completed but that it doesn't fully encroach into the home or personal life," Berry previously told HRD.

She added that this is also about a "readjustment of expectations" on the employers' side.  

"Employees do not want to work significant amounts of overtime anymore, they want to bring their whole selves to work, to spend time with their families and they want flexibility - the Great Resignation has told us that and this is an extension of those desires," Berry explained.

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