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How to combat quiet quitting

The term ‘quiet quitting’ went viral on TikTok as of recently, but whether the concept is real or not is still being debated. But, what exactly is it? 

The notion of quiet quitting simply refers to fulfilling your job role, responsibilities and duties – without going above and beyond them. This is to avoid the mentality of working culture overtaking your everyday life, particularly after the covid pandemic where working from home and flexible working had brought work-life balance into a sharper focus.  

What are the signs of quiet quitting?

Whilst the signs of quiet quitting can vary from job, industry and the individual. The most common signs of quiet quitting include: 

  • Being micromanaged  
  • Having a negative or cynical outlook on everything 
  • Projects or work is of low quality  
  • Work is completed late 
  • Unclear expectation and communication  
  • Disengaging and checking out  

How to combat quiet quitting?

The generally basis of quiet quitting comes from the ‘work-life balance’. Overworking employees or setting unrealistic expectations can be a large factor to quiet quitting, as can the environment and management styles. There are ways to prevent lack of engagement and potentially combat quiet quitting. Here are our solutions, to help you and your business.  

Encourage open communication

Communication is key. This is the golden rule when combatting quiet quitting. Fostering a relationship with your employees and encouraging them to openly communicate their goals, concerns or issues as well as your expectations can help determine where each employee’s happiness levels are currently at. Having 1-to-1 meeting can create make each employee feel valued and heard. You can gauge as an employer what your employees feel most comfortable with when setting goals or a career pathway or training for the future – creating a wider picture for where your employees stand as well as where your company is going.  

Ensure your team has enough resources and support

If your team or employees feel as if their workload is piling up and the support or resources to produce quality results is not readily available, this can also lead to quiet quitting. Ask yourself whether you team has enough time to complete the tasks at hand and whether they the necessary resources to do so. Often, in larger companies, this can be overlooked as some employees are left to get on with their work.  

Change your management style and give your employees autonomy

Adapting your management style so you’re not falling into the trap of micromanaging your employees can work wonders. This also goes hand-in-hand with giving your employees and team members autonomy to be able to prioritise their workload, set their own goals and take their own initiative.  

Encourage a health work-life balance

A healthy work-life balance can impact employee performance and their overall mental health. Establishing boundaries, encouraging social events and a more flexible working style can help with destigmatising a fixed work and home-life balance. Flexible working can include work-from-home days, virtual office spaces, hotdesking and co-working solutions with like-minded individuals from different industries – helping to encourage a social life within working hours as well as outside of work.  

Here at Grosvenor House, we have many benefits on offer such as virtual office spaces, hot desking and co-working solutions with a wide range of add-on services to meet your needs. For our corporate clients, we have meeting rooms, conference rooms, standard and executive board rooms for hire. Contact us today to book to find out more.